In summer 2015 a series of pilot audits on safeguarding arrangements took place in four Church of England Dioceses. Blackburn Diocese volunteered to be one of the pilot participants along with Durham, Portsmouth and Salisbury Dioceses.
All four audits are now published and our Safeguarding Audit is available by clicking on this link. Our Diocese Action Plan is available by clicking on this link
The other three Reports can be viewed by clicking on the relevant links at the bottom of this page.
The audits are part of a House of Bishops commissioned project to take a look at current safeguarding practice. Following the pilots the audits will now be rolled out across all the other Church of England Dioceses during 2016/2017.
Audits were conducted by the Social Care Institute for Excellence, SCIE, which is a charity and leading improvement support agency specialising in safeguarding.
The audit process involved examination of safeguarding leadership arrangements; local policies and practice guidance; the quality of casework; recruitment and training. Progress was measured in relation to reaching nationally agreed standards informed by central House of Bishops’ approved policies.
The Bishop of Durham, Rt Rev. Paul Butler, lead Bishop on safeguarding, said: “These audits are part of our commitment to making the Church a safer place for all, ensuring all dioceses have the best possible practice in place.
“I commend all four dioceses, including my own, which came forward to be pilots. The audits show how each diocese can improve while also commending good practice that is already in place.”
The Bishop of Blackburn, Rt Rev. Julian Henderson added: “Volunteering to participate in this series of Church of England diocesan pilot audits clearly demonstrates that the Diocese of Blackburn takes safeguarding seriously.
“I am pleased our own published audit recognises our ongoing commitment to the best possible safeguarding practices.
“Safeguarding is a moral and legal responsibility and it is vital to us that people of all ages in our parishes and schools are protected; as well as being made aware of their rights as individuals and of ways to seek help and support.
“As a Diocese, we aim to promote the importance of safeguarding at all times and it is notable the audit shows current best practice is well-integrated into our day-to-day activity.
“Our former Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Kaley Vaughton, worked tirelessly to achieve our current position, with the close support of senior clergy and senior officers and support staff, including dedicated volunteers with experience in safeguarding work.
“Our Diocese continues to seek ways in which we can improve our safeguarding practices in Blackburn Diocese and our audit contains several key recommendations for further improvements which we have noted and will act upon.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Social Care Institute for Excellence representatives who worked with our Diocese to produce this report.”
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