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Safeguarding resources

Key documents

The most important resources for all involved in Safeguarding is The Church of England Parish Safeguarding Handbook 

It aims to further strengthen the Church’s approach to safeguarding by bringing into one place the safeguarding responsibilities for parishes as outlined in the House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance. It has been designed to support the day-to-day work of all parishes in relation to safeguarding and those who have a key role to play with children, young people and adults who may be vulnerable. The only information which has been updated since the handbook was published is the safeguarding training, please visit the training page for more information.

You can find many useful resources and templates on the Church of England's website, including model forms and policies that you can adapt for your own parishes.

Safer Environment and Activities Guidance (2019) - This document provides parishes with detailed guidance about Promoting a Safer Environment. It is intended to act as a ‘How to…’ guide to help churches meet that commitment in their everyday ministry. It covers topics such as expected standards of behaviour, adult-to-child ratios, parental consent, and risk assessments for activities. It has been produced to give clear guidance to many of the questions that parishes most often ask about keeping people safe in church. 

The Code of Safer Working Practice for volunteers and staff can also be found in the Parish Safeguarding Handbook, Section 11: A Safe Environment and Activities, as can guidance on Acceptable Touch.

The Church of England has resources and suggestions for wider reading on their website Resources and campaigns 

National news

You can read safeguarding news and views from the National Safeguarding Team here.


Thirtyone:eight is a Christian organisation, inspired to 'speak out on behalf of the voiceless, and for the rights of all who are vulnerable' as it says in Proverbs 31:8 from where they get their name. You can find a wide range of resources, publications, support and training on their website.

Safeguarding Virtual Library 

The Safeguarding Virtual Library is a digital platform where individuals across the Church can access specific resources to help them in their understanding and practice of safeguarding. Anyone who has done any safeguarding training through the Safeguarding Training Portal should have login details, if you need any assistance please contact

Safeguarding Complaints Procedure 

Diocese of Manchester Safeguarding Complaints Procedure​​​​​​​

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