Safeguarding

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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Safeguarding Policy - Updated April 2021 - FINAL

What you should do if you have a concern.

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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: safeguarding@southwellminster.org.uk

If not available, contact either the Canon in Residence or the Chief Officer nigel.spraggins@southwellminster.org.uk

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 safeguarding@southwell.anglican.org

 

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

Safeguarding

Safeguarding Audit

The Church of England has commissioned an independent audit of cathedral arrangements for keeping people safe from harm and abuse. We realize there is a risk that the occurrence of audits is mistakenly taken up on social media or in the press as indicating the revelation of an abuse scandal in a particular cathedral. We want to provide clarity and reassurance that every cathedral in England will engage in this audit process. Bringing in ‘fresh eyes’ and safeguarding expertise in this way is standard good practice across all sectors. Its purpose is to proactively enable learning and improvement in how cathedrals individually and collectively keep people safe; it is not a response to something bad having happened here or elsewhere. Cathedrals nationally are taking part in this.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), a leading improvement agency is conducting these safeguarding audits. Two SCIE auditors will be visiting each cathedral, for a visit lasting 2.5 or 3 days, depending on the size of the cathedral. As well as looking at safeguarding files, policies and training, they will meet with safeguarding professionals and key members of Chapter, including the Dean.

In addition, they are keen to hear from people who have direct experience of receiving help or trying to get help from cathedrals to keep themselves safe, or people who have sought safeguarding help from the cathedral on behalf of a friend or family member. So if you or someone close to you:

  • Has been abused or mistreated by clergy or someone in a church-related role - be they lay or clerical, paid or volunteer
  • Have approached the cathedral to talk about abuse or harm that happened in other places – for example in the family, at work, or in another organisation
  • Has raised concerns about unsafe situations in the cathedral, where you’ve feared children or vulnerable adults may be at risk of harm or abuse
  • Needed help to keep safe because circumstances - such as bereavement, relationship breakdown, redundancy, physical or mental ill health, drug or alcohol dependencies, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, old age, or emotional distress - led you to seek pastoral support from the cathedral
  • Has needed to complain about how one of the above concerns was handled by the cathedral

then the auditors would be interested in having a conversation with you, to talk about your experiences. The auditors want to hear from people with good and bad experiences of cathedral responses. You can be a lay person, clergy or lay Church officer. You can be a friend or family member, as well as people with first-hand experience.

The kinds of questions the SCIE auditors will want to hear from you on are:

  • In what ways did the cathedral respond well to your situation and concerns?
  • In what ways did the response not meet your expectations?
  • Are there any lessons that you feel the cathedral should learn from your experience?
  • What do you see as the top three most important things for making a cathedral a safe place for everyone, where the welfare and protection of all people is well tended to?

It is important to stress that the auditors will not be able to arbitrate on issues of dispute in particular cases.

If you have first-hand experience of turning to someone in the cathedral for help to keep yourself or someone else safe, and would be willing to speak to the auditors, please contact the safeguarding adviser for your cathedral, Mrs Vicky Thorpe, safeguarding@southwellminster.org.uk or 01636 817285. If you would prefer to remain anonymous, please contact SCIE directly on learningtogether@scie.org.uk  Either way, SCIE will arrange a time at your convenience to meet with the auditors. What you tell SCIE will be confidential and will not be shared with the cathedral except as part of an overall report which will absolutely not identify you.  Thank you.

 

 

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

You can download this document as a pdf from the toolbar.

Safeguarding Policy - Updated April 2021 - FINAL

What you should do if you have a concern.

You can download this document as a pdf from the toolbar

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: safeguarding@southwellminster.org.uk

If not available, contact either the Canon in Residence or the Chief Officer nigel.spraggins@southwellminster.org.uk

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 safeguarding@southwell.anglican.org

 

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