Promoting a Safer Cathedral

Southwell Minster is committed to ensuring that children, young people and adults at risk who come to visit us may worship, learn, and grow in Christ safely.

As part of their commitment to safeguarding children, young people and adults – especially vulnerable adults – the Dean and Chapter has in place a safeguarding policy and arrangements which include:

• Procedures to respond to and report concerns
• A Safeguarding Policy
• Safer recruitment procedures

“The care and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults involved in Cathedral activities is the responsibility of the whole Cathedral. Everyone who participates in the life of the Cathedral has a role to play in promoting a Safer Church for all.”

We have also adopted the Principles of the House of Bishops on safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk who enter Southwell Minster which is based on the following six overarching policy commitments:

• Promoting a safer environment and culture
• Safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the Church
• Responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
• Caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
• Caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons
• Responding to those that may pose a present risk to others

June 2021

Important Letter from Bishop Paul about listening to the experience of those who have suffered abuse within a church context.
PCR2 Letter from Bishop Paul June 2021


Southwell Minster's Safeguarding Policy Statement

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Safeguarding Policy - Updated April 2021

What you should do if you have a concern.

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display doc update January 2020

Further Safeguarding Resources

The Cathedral’s Safeguarding Lead is Mrs Adele Poulson, Cathedral Administrator, and the Safeguarding Coordinator is Mrs Vicky Thorpe.

If you have a Safeguarding Concern

In the Minster

Any suspicion or disclosure of abuse should in the first instance be reported to the Safeguarding Coordinator Mrs Vicky Thorpe (pictured right), email:

If not available, contact either the Canon in Residence or Cathedral Administrator.

In the Diocese

All safeguarding concerns should be directed to the Diocesan Safeguarding team on 01636 817200 during working hours. For non-urgent advice and queries including DBS advice, please email the safeguarding team at


In an emergency, please contact the police by calling 999.