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Last updated 15th November 2018

Diocesan/national policies and guidance

Links to both the national Church of England  and Diocesan Safeguarding Policies and guidance documents are outlined below:


National Church Policies

The Church of England Safeguarding Policy Statements and Practice Guidance 

The national Church of England safeguarding webpage 

Promoting a Safer Church - The Church of England Safeguarding Policy for Children, Young People and Adults

The new national  Promoting a Safer Church, House of Bishops Policy Statement (2017) for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults.This document is to be supported by more detailed practice guidance, which is due to be released later in 2017


Diocese of Blackburn Policies

Diocese of Blackburn Parish Safeguarding Handbook

Diocese of Blackburn e-Safety and Acceptable Use Policy

Diocese of Blackburn Domestic Abuse Statement


Local Authority Policies

Lancashire Social Care Policies


Other Guidance Documents

The Gospel, sexual abuse and the Church: A Theological resource for the local church

Published in 2016- an excellent resource for churches who wish to consider how they might discuss and develop their approach to protecting and valuing all the members of their community, including those who have suffered abuse in church settings in the past; and those who have harmed others in the past but now wish to make a new life in Christ. Safeguarding from abuse and responding well to its needs to be grounded in Christian theology and so should be part of the Church's regular ministry of preaching and teaching. Good safeguarding is integral to the mission of the Church.)

What to do when an offender wants to worship at your church 

Guidance on how to respond if you become aware of an offender (or someone else who poses a risk) who is worshipping or wants to worship in your church