Safeguarding at Worcester Cathedral
Worcester Cathedral Safeguarding Policy
Worcester Cathedral Safeguarding Audit
How to access safeguarding services in Worcester
Below is information on how to access safeguarding services to report abuse or tell your story, provided by the Diocese of Worcester and the Church of England. If you have concerns about the immediate safety of someone please don't delay in ringing the Police on 999, or contact the Children or Adult Services listed on the Diocese of Worcester safeguarding pages here.
How to report abuse or concerns
If you have concerns about a child, young person or an adult who may have been harmed or be at risk of harm, please contact the Cathedral or Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers for advice and support:
- Matthew Hall, Cathedral Safeguarding Lead
- Abi Thomas, Cathedral HR & Safeguarding
- Hilary Higton, Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Tel: 07495 060869
- OR Delia Stokes, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Tel: 07376 374380
If you have concerns about the immediate safety of someone please don't delay in ringing the Police on 999, or contact the Children or Adult Services listed on the Diocese of Worcester safeguarding pages here.
Diocese of Worcester listening service
The Diocese of Worcester has set up an Authorised Listening Service, a safe space for adults to tell their stories of abuse. Find out more about this service at the Diocesan website here.
Safe Spaces: an independent service supporting survivors of church-related abuse
Launched in September 2020, this service offers support to survivors of church-related abuse whether or not a report has been made.
This independent service is run by the charity Victim Support and funded by the Church of England together with the Catholic Church in England and Wales and the Church in Wales. It is free to access via telephone, email or web-chat.
Safeguarding information from the Church of England
Worcester Cathedral follows the advice, guidance, policy and practice of the Church of England in promoting a Safer Church. The Church of England Safeguarding Policy Statement for children, young people and adults is available here.
Further details about safeguarding within the Church of England, including information about how to report abuse and find support, can be found on the Diocese of Worcester safeguarding pages.
This formal complaints procedure is for the use of those wishing to complain about how a safeguarding issue has been handled in the Diocese of Worcester. Information on the procedure and how to make a complaint can be found on the Diocese of Worcester Safeguarding Complaints Procedure page.
Our contact details
If you would like to discuss safeguarding at the Cathedral, please contact:
Matthew Hall, Cathedral Safeguarding Lead
Phone: 07391 557802
For information about training, obtaining DBS forms and other safeguarding advice, please see the Diocese of Worcester website here.