Promoting a safer church

First published on: 26th January 2018

“One of the reasons I wanted to work for the Church of England” explains Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Catriona Richardson “was I wanted to see all churches become a safe place for people to receive God’s love. Key to this is promoting best practice and encouraging all  to make sure their church, parish and worshiping community is a safe place.”

A Reader in our diocese and a Registered Nurse with a long background working for the National Health Service, Catriona is a passionate advocate for Safeguarding and is working across our diocese to help churches keep up to speed with this challenging area.

One of the practical things that churches can do is review and adopt “Promoting a Safer Church”. The document, published by the House of Bishops in December, sets out a clear and easy to understand policy framework. It applies to all and offers a great foundation for good safeguarding practice.

Catriona adds “Promoting a Safer Church” and the other material being published by the national church offers strong, clear guidance for parishes, churches and church officers. I wholeheartedly endorse it and strongly recommend that every PCC and DCC reviews the document to make sure they are,and can promote themselves as,a safer church”


Find out more

You can download the document here

You can download a poster here

Find out more about Safeguarding on the church of England website


Contact our Safeguarding Team

For Safeguarding issues and advice on cases

Catriona Richardson: Diocesan Safegiarding Adviser

07887 510946

0151 705 2153

For advice on DBS checks and the DBS process

Brenda Edwards
0151 705 2112

For upcoming training

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