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  Clear roles for Church Officers;
                      Practice and services informed by on- going learning, review and by the views of
                        children, young people, families and vulnerable adults;
                      Safer recruitment procedures in place;
                      Clear arrangements for support and/or supervision;
                      Safeguarding training for all Church Officers working with or in contact with children,
                        young people and/or vulnerable adults ;
                      Effective working with statutory and voluntary sector partners;
                      Publicly advertised arrangements for children, young people and vulnerable adults
                        to be able to speak to an independent person, as required;
                      Complaints and whistleblowing procedures that are well publicised;
                      Effective information sharing;
                      Good record keeping.

                 5.  Learning from the past
                 In the July Synod 2013 Archbishop Justin Welby stated:
                 “The reality is that there will always be people who are dangerous and are part of the life of the
                 Church.  They  may  be  members  of  the  congregation;  we  hope  and  pray  that  they  will  not  be  in
                 positions of responsibility, but the odds are from time to time people will somehow conceal sufficiently
                 well. And many here, have been deeply affected, as well as the survivors who have so rightly brought
                 us to this place. Many other people here have been deeply affected and badly treated. So we face a
                 continual challenge and reality. … There has to be a complete change of culture and behaviour.
                 And in addition, there is a profound theological point. We are not doing all this, we are not seeking to
                 say how devastatingly, appallingly, atrociously sorry we are for the great failures there have been,
                 for our own sakes, for our own flourishing, for the protection of the Church. But we are doing it
                 because we are called to live in the justice of God, and that we will each answer to Him for our failures
                 in this area. And that accountability is one that we must take with the utmost seriousness.”
                 The Archbishops of Canterbury and York wrote in their joint forward to 'Safeguarding: Follow-up
                 to the Chichester Commissaries' Reports', June 2013:
                 “We cannot overestimate the  importance  of responding  appropriately today.  Sadly for many  this
                 comes far too late. History cannot be rewritten, but those who still suffer now as a result of abuse in
                 the  past  deserve  this  at  least,  that  we  hear  their  voices  and  take  action  to  ensure  that  today’s
                 safeguarding policies and systems are as robust as they can be. This work is an essential and prior
                 Gospel imperative, for any attempts we make to grow the Church, to seek the common good, and to
                 reimagine the Church’s ministry.”
                 The statutory reports and independent reviews into abuse that have involved the Church of
                 England and other faith organisations highlight past errors and significant lessons to be learnt
                 to improve safeguarding.
                 As a Church we continue to commit to a journey of truth, healing, learning and abuse prevention.

               Policy Commitments

               Based on the foundations outlined above the Church of England commits to:

               1.  Promoting a safer environment and culture

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