The Cathedral Chapter are delighted to announce that Penny Turner has joined the Cathedral as our first Cathedral Safeguarding Officer. This is an exciting new post which further strengthens the Cathedral safeguarding arrangements following the recent SCIE Audit and PCR2 processes. Penny comes with a wealth of safeguarding experience and has previously worked for the Church of England in the Diocese of Lincoln. She will be based with the Diocesan Safeguarding Team in Jubilee House.

The Church of England has commissioned SCIE (the Social Care Institute for Excellence) to undertake an audit of the safeguarding provision of all of the Dioceses and Cathedrals in England.
As part of this process, Southwell Cathedral was visited by SCIE to audit its safeguarding provision during September 2021. The report from the Audit was published on 22 November 2021.
The Chapter of Southwell Cathedral welcomed the SCIE report and noted the auditors’ comment that: “Arrangements for keeping safe the Minster and associated buildings and those working in and visiting them are generally good. Staff, volunteers and congregants are confident that they are kept safe”. Chapter has accepted the findings in full and will be using the report to inform its developing plans for safeguarding, and will ensure that the findings will be implemented in full, working closely with the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham and other agencies.

To read the full report, please see below.

211015 Southwell audit report Final-min


Our SCIE Audit Action Plan can be seen below.

SCIE Audit Action Plan 2022-24


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

Southwell Minster's Safeguarding Policy Statement

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Southwell Minster Safeguarding Policy June 2022

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
Vicky Thorpe, Safeguarding CoordinatorAny 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 the Chief Officer

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.