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Safeguarding Audit Report

Last December the diocese was the focus of an independent safeguarding audit. This was part of a two-year programme in which every diocese is being audited. The full audit report was received in April 2017.

The Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry, responded to the report by saying:

“As the person who is ultimately accountable for safeguarding in the diocese, I’m pleased that the auditors recognised that, overall, the culture in the diocese is open to learning and taking safeguarding forward in whatever way it can.

Safeguarding in the Church of England has changed significantly in recent years, and will continue to change in the future.  The audit report mentions similar areas of development to those we already had plans to implement, and we are committed to doing so.  It has brought reassurance that that we are travelling in the right direction, and I am glad that the auditors have commended our work in a number of ways.

I am grateful for the skills, experience and hard work of our Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser and her team.  I am also indebted to the hundreds of volunteers in local churches who are working to make our churches a safer place for everyone.”

Click here to view the report’s conclusions, together with responses from the Diocese.