Safeguarding Policy introduction

This is Page 1 of the Safeguarding Policy for the Diocese of Coventry.

A printable version of this policy is available in the Safeguarding Resources.

This Safeguarding Policy has been prepared in accordance with the national policies of the Church of England as approved by the House of Bishops.  It is in line with legislation, statutory guidance and national/local safeguarding procedures regarding the needs of adults at risk and children.  It replaces all previous policies issued by the Diocese of Coventry relating to child protection and safeguarding.

Every child or adult can be hurt, put at risk of harm or abused in other ways.  The actions we must take to promote their welfare, and protect them from harm, are the responsibility of us all.  Everyone who comes into contact with adults at risk or children has a role to play.

'Looking the other way' is not an option.  Adopting and putting this policy into practice is essential for all of our parishes and church-related communities at every level.

Purpose and scope of this policy

The purpose of this policy is to set out the expectations placed on those working and volunteering in the Diocese of Coventry and to provide information that promotes the safeguarding of all children and adults.

This policy applies to every parish, even those that don’t provide any activities for children.

Definition of terms

This document uses the following definition of terms:

  • Abuse - the violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by any other person or persons.  This includes physical abuse, emotional/psychological abuse, institutional abuse, financial or material abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and acts of omission.
  • Child - anyone under the age of 18 years.
  • Adult at risk - a person aged 18 years or over who is experiencing or at risk of abuse (including neglect).  The term ‘vulnerable adult’ is also used in some legislation.
Where to find this policy and other safeguarding resources

The latest version of this policy and other resources (including how to respond to safeguarding allegations) can be downloaded from the diocesan website at:

Approval and review

This policy was approved by Diocesan Synod on 07/11/2015 for immediate use.  It will be reviewed annually by Bishop’s Council.