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Safeguarding children, young people and adults

Safeguarding at Worcester Cathedral

Worcester Cathedral is committed to ensuring we provide a warm, welcoming and safe environment for all, including children and adults who may be at risk of abuse and neglect.

The care and protection of children, young people and adults involved in Cathedral activities is the responsibility of everyone who participates in the life of the Cathedral Community.

Our work towards ensuring Worcester Cathedral remains a safe space for all is supported by the work of the Cathedral’s Independent Safeguarding Group and discussions with the Diocesan Safeguarding Management Group.

Chapter accepts and adopts in full the contents of The Church of England’s Safeguarding Policy for Children, young people and adults, “Promoting a Safer Church”. (July 2017)

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:

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.

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.

Tel: 0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times)
WebChat: via the Safe Spaces website

Worcester Cathedral Safeguarding Policy

Download our latest safeguarding policy here.
Download our whistleblowing policy here.

Worcester Cathedral Safeguarding Audit 2021

Read the SCIE independent safeguarding audit here.
Read the response from the Dean and Chapter together with our action plan statement here.

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.

Useful links:

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.

Complaints procedure

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:

Worcester Cathedral Safeguarding Audit 2024 | INEQE Group

[The information below is legacy content. The audit process is now nearing its completion and the dates below have passed, however it is retained here for information.]

The Church of England has commissioned the INEQE Safeguarding Group to conduct independent safeguarding audits across various dioceses, including our Cathedral.
The goal is to assess the effectiveness of safeguarding practices and identify areas for improvement, ensuring the safety and well-being of everyone within the Cathedral community.
INEQE aims to gather insights from a diverse range of individuals associated with the cathedral, including worshippers, visitors, staff, and volunteers.
The online survey allows participants to share their impressions and experiences related to safeguarding.
Responses are anonymous (individuals will not be identified) and confidential (not accessible by the Church of England or any other entity).
While the audit itself will take place from 1 July, the surveys are already open.
Participants can provide feedback openly and honestly until 11.30pm on Wednesday 1 May 2024.

We are committed to ensuring a safe and respectful environment for all, and your input will contribute to enhancing safeguarding practices.
Thank you for your dedication to safeguarding within our Cathedral community! 

To access the surveys please visit And please encourage others to do so too.

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