Safeguarding resources

Diocese Procedures for Child and Adult Safeguarding

Parish Safeguarding Handbook | Link  

Parish Safeguarding Handbook Addendum | PDF 

Parish Statement of Safeguarding | Word

Recording Form for Safeguarding Concerns | Word

Promoting a Safer Church policy document | PDF

Promoting a Safer Church Poster | PDF

Roles and Responsibilities Practice Guidance | PDF

Safeguarding Privacy Policy | PDF


Survivor's Care strategy

Please download the Diocesan survivors strategy here:

Suvivor's Care strategy | PDF


Guide on Fundraising Regulation and Church Giving

This makes sure that vulnerable givers are protected.  Care should also be taken by parishes when asking donors to telephone the PGS Telephone Service.  

Fundraising regulation and church giving guidance | PDF


Guide on video and telephone conferencing 

How to? video and telephone conferencing  | PDF


Useful Template Forms

Child /Young Person Emergency Contact Form | PDF 

Church Volunteer Agreement | PDF

Parental Consent Form | PDF 

Parental Consent Form | DOCX

Photo Permissions Form for Adults | PDF

Photo Permissions Form for Adults | DOCX

Photo Permissions Form for Children and Young People | PDF 

Photo Permissions Form for Children and Young People | DOCX


Other External Documents

Suffolk Adult Safeguarding Policy and Operational Guidance – Part 1 | PDF

Suffolk Adult Safeguarding Policy and Operational Guidance – Part 2 | PDF

Section 59 of the Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 – Who are Vulnerable Adults? | PDF


Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) Audit

Please see below links to an audit undertaken by SCIE on behalf of the National Church of England Safeguarding Team, the diocesan response to the considerations raised and subsequent action plan. The Bishop’s Safeguarding Panel continue to oversee this process.

SCIE Audit Action Plan | PDF 

SCIE is conducting an external, independent audit of Bishopthorpe Palace’s safeguarding arrangements, in November 2020, having postponed it in March because of restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The independent team want to hear from people with first-hand experience of seeking a response from clergy, or others in Church-related roles, at Bishopthorpe, to safeguarding issues. You may have disclosed abuse, you may have shared Church failures to respond to such disclosures or you may have shared concerns about unsafe practices or people. The independent auditors want to understand what is working well and what has gone wrong in the past.

If you feel you would like to contribute to this audit, as a survivor or as someone who may have raised a safeguarding concern, please email the auditors directly at: Alternatively you can contact Anna Flower, Provincial Safeguarding Officer at email:

Your views on our safeguarding work are valued in this Diocese. If you would like to express your views, please complete and return the 'How safe do you feel?' survey below.

How safe do you feel? | PDF

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