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

Safeguarding and COVID-19

Please follow these links to advice on Safeguarding and COVID-19:

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.

The Cathedral's Safeguarding Officer is Tim Hitch. This is a voluntary role to which Tim brings a great deal of safeguarding expertise, having worked in education for 38 years, some as the head of a large comprehensive school. He also brings independence, because he is not a member of Chapter, nor involved in pastoral care for the Cathedral. Chapter's lead on Safeguarding is Canon Tim Alban Jones. You can find their contact details below

Tim H and Tim AJ's responsibilities include ensuring that everyone who has significant contact with children or vulnerable adults is properly checked and monitored. If specific concerns arise they work closely with the police and social services through the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, Beverley Huff.

Read a sermon on Safeguarding from the Dean, the Very Revd Chris Dalliston, February 2020: Safeguarding sermon.

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

Tim Hitch
Independent Cathedral Safeguarding Officer
07437 872592 

Revd Canon Tim Alban Jones
Canon Missioner and Chapter's lead on Safeguarding
01733 887014

Bev Huff 
Diocesan Safeguarding Officer
01733 887041

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