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               Under  section  5  of  the Safeguarding  and  Clergy  Discipline  Measure  2016 ,  all  authorised
               clergy, bishops, archdeacons, licensed readers and lay workers, churchwardens and PCCs
               must have ‘due regard’ to safeguarding guidance issued by the House of Bishops (this will
               include both policy and practice guidance).  A duty to have ‘due regard’ to guidance means
               that the person under the duty is not free to disregard it but is required to follow it unless there
               are  cogent  reasons  for  not  doing  so.  (‘Cogent’  for  this  purpose  means  clear,  logical  and
               convincing.) Failure by clergy to comply with the duty imposed by the 2016 Measure may
               result in disciplinary action.
               This  Policy  Statement  is  supported  by  more  detailed  Practice  Guidance  and  Reference
               documents  which  can  be  downloaded  from:  https://www.churchofengland.org/clergy-office-
               holders/safeguarding-children-vulnerable-adults.aspx
               Building on this, Church bodies may provide additional local procedures and guidance in line
               with the House of Bishops policy and practice guidance.

               Safeguarding Policy Statement of the Church of England

               The  Church  of  England,  its  Archbishops,  Bishops,  clergy  and  leaders  are  committed  to
               safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church.
               Safeguarding means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture. This means we
               will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults, work to prevent abuse from
               occurring, seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that
               have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others,
               and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.
               The Church of England affirms the ‘Whole Church’ approach to safeguarding. This approach
               encompasses  a  commitment  to  consistent  policy  and  practice  across  all  Church  bodies,
               Church Officers and that everyone associated with the Church, who comes into contact with
               children, young people and adults, has a role to play.
               The Church will take appropriate steps to maintain a safer environment for all and to practice
               fully and positively Christ's Ministry towards children, young people and adults; to respond
               sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm.

               Foundations
               In developing and implementing the Safeguarding Policy, the Church of England, is guided by
               the following foundations.


                 1.  Gospel

                 The Church is called to share the good news of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ. The life
                 of our communities and institutions is integral to how we address this task. The good news
                 speaks of welcome for all, with a particular regard for those who are most vulnerable, into a
                 community where the value and dignity of every human being is affirmed and those in positions
                 of responsibility and authority are truly trustworthy. Being faithful to our call to share the gospel





               5  The Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016 applies to the whole of the provinces of Canterbury and
               York (including the Diocese in Europe subject to local variations/modifications), with the exception of the Channel
               Islands and Sodor and Man.  In order to extend the 2016 Measure to the Channel Islands or Sodor and Man
               legislation will need to be passed by the relevant island jurisdictions in accordance with section 12 of that Measure.


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