Independent Safeguarding Audit

In July 2017 the Diocese of Rochester’s safeguarding arrangements were independently audited by The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), as part of the National Church’s quality assurance programme. The final report was sent to the Diocese in November 2017.

In response to the report the Bishop of Rochester, Rt Rev James Langstaff says:

“I am extremely grateful to SCIE for carrying out such a thorough and helpful review of our safeguarding procedures. We take the matter of safeguarding the children, young people and vulnerable adults who attend or visit our churches extremely seriously. Any guidance that helps ensure we carry out this important responsibility more effectively and diligently is therefore very welcome.

It is encouraging that the auditors recognise the many positive and proactive steps that have already been taken to increase our resourcing of this vital area, but we recognise that there are still improvements to be made. We therefore fully accept the findings of the report.

Through our Safeguarding Executive Committee, and with advice and oversight from the Bishop’ Safeguarding Advisory Panel, we are working to implement the recommendations made in relation to administration and staffing – indeed changes have already come about.

We are determined that our safeguarding provision should meet the highest standards.  I would, therefore, like to thank all those in our parishes, chaplaincies and in diocesan roles who work tirelessly to ensure that our churches remain safe and welcoming places for all.”

 Diocese of Rochester independent safeguarding audit

The recommendations from the audit are being actioned and a copy of our action plan can be found here


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