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Can you help us improve safeguarding in the Diocese?

Published: 7th March 2024

Our work in safeguarding is being audited and the auditors would like to hear from you! In this article, Bishop Martin encourages people to give their opinions.

Bishop MartinThe safety of all those who wish to worship in our churches should always be at the forefront of our minds. That is true for those who work or volunteer in our parishes and also for all of us who work in a diocesan context. We are keen to ensure that we are doing all that we can to create environments where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.

The Church of England has commissioned INEQE Safeguarding Group to conduct a series of audits of dioceses to look at our work in safeguarding and suggest areas where we could make improvements.  As part of this audit process, INEQE would like to hear from as many different people as possible from across our diocese and have put together an online survey through which individuals can comment in confidence about their impressions and experiences of safeguarding in the Diocese.

The surveys are both anonymous (the audit team are not seeking to identify individuals) and confidential (individuals will not be identified in their report). No one from the Church of England or any other body will be provided with or have access to survey responses. It should only take 10 - 15 minutes to complete.

Please consider filling in this survey openly and honestly and letting the audit team know your opinions. Our audit will take place from 1 July, but the surveys are open now and will close at 11.30 pm on Wednesday 1 May 2024 to enable the audit team to go through them.

To access the surveys please visit Do encourage others to do this too.

Thank you for your help – listening to and learning from those in our parishes is an important part of the audit. Only by working together can we strive to make our churches a safe place for everyone.

Bishop Martin

Download a poster on the survey to display in your parish

Read more about who the audit team would like to hear from.

Page last updated: Friday 12th April 2024 3:30 PM

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