At the Cathedral we take safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults very seriously.

We undertake to:

  • Promote a safe environment for all

  • Follow “Safer Recruitment” processes and checks for all staff or volunteers with any responsibility related to children and vulnerable adults within the Cathedral and Precincts.

  • Respond promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation.

  • Care pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected people.

  • Care pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse.

  • Respond to those that may pose a present risk to others.

Canon Sarah BrownOur Cathedral Safeguarding Officer is Canon Sarah Brown, Canon Missioner at the Cathedral. She can be contacted by email or via the main cathedral telephone number. In her absence you will be directed to her deputy safeguarding officer.

Sarah’s responsibility includes ensuring that everyone who has significant contact with children or vulnerable adults is properly checked and monitored. If specific concerns arise we work closely with the police and social services through our Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, Beverley Huff.

Safeguarding Policy

What to do if...

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. This ‘What to do if’ section is to assist you in some of the safeguarding situations you might encounter.

Safeguarding is at the heart of our Christian faith. We are all made unique and in the image of God. Jesus came that we might have life and have it in abundance (see John 10:10).

‘Safeguarding’ means the action the Church takes to promote a safer culture in all our churches. We will promote the welfare of children, young people and adults. We will work to prevent abuse from occurring. We will seek to protect those that are at risk of being abused and respond well to those that have been abused. We will take care to identify where a person may present a risk to others, and offer support to them whilst taking steps to mitigate such risks.

Regardless of circumstances, if you see or hear something which makes you think that a child, young person or vulnerable adult may be being neglected or abused in any way, you should not hesitate to report your concerns. Do not attempt to investigate or resolve the situation locally.

If you are unsure then seek advice.

Please also see this flowchart regarding what to do if you have a safeguarding concern.

‘What to do if’ when managing concerns:

The Cathedral complies with the Safeguarding advice and guidance provided by the Diocese of Peterborough.

Follow this link to see the Diocesan Safeguarding Newsletter.

Safeguarding Contacts

Revd Canon Sarah Brown
Canon Missioner and Cathedral Safeguarding Officer
01733 355315

Bev Huff and Samantha Jackson
Diocesan Safeguarding Officers
01733 887041

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