St Albans Cathedral has adopted Safeguarding Policy and Procedures based on national requirements and guidance. These provide a framework for identifying and supporting vulnerable groups, information on what constitutes abuse and the processes to be followed. There is an emphasis on how to recruit safely and the necessity to support and train staff and volunteers.

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 (2017) -  Refer to National Policies and Procedures below.

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Safeguarding Policies and Procedures

Safeguarding Aide Memoire

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has been commissioned by the Church of England to carry out independent audits of the safeguarding arrangements in each English cathedral between 2018 and 2022. Our audit was conducted in April 2021. SCIE’s audit approach does not result in a series of recommendations, instead it gives each cathedral questions to consider in relation to the audit’s findings. The Cathedral developed an action plan following the audit to deliver further improvements in our safeguarding of young people and adults. These actions are either now complete or embedded into ongoing activity. The INEQE Safeguarding Group has been appointed to carry out the next round of independent external audits across Church of England dioceses and cathedrals, starting in 2024 and ending in 2027. St Albans Cathedral's audit is scheduled for August 2027. 

SCIE Safeguarding Report

SCIE Report Action Plan March 2024

St Albans Diocese Safeguarding Guidelines

National Policies and Procedures