The Diocese of Manchester, and the people in its parish churches, work hard to safeguard children and young people, vulnerable adults and those in abusive relationships. We aim to create safe environments, where children and young people are nurtured and protected; and where all people, and especially those who may be vulnerable for any reason, are able to worship and pursue their faith journey with encouragement and in safety.
We follow the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and Church of England policy and practice.
We act promptly on any complaints made, and work in close partnership with police and social care services where children or vulnerable adults have been harmed or are at risk of harm or mistreatment.
We provide safe recruitment, training and support to our voluntary and paid workers with children and vulnerable adults.
We care for those who have been abused in the past, and minister appropriately to those who have abused.
Safeguarding during the pandemic
The Safeguarding Team is currently working from home. Please send any new referrals to Safeguarding@manchester.anglican.org or call 0161 828 1465. Your enquiry will be dealt with as soon as possible and you will be contacted by a member of the Safeguarding Team.
Information and resources to support you during the coronavirus emergency can be found on the Covid-19 Safeguarding Resources page.
If you have a concern and need to make contact about a safeguarding issue, please contact the Safeguarding Officer (below). If you need to make urgent contact outside of office hours contact thirtyone:eight (formerly CCPAS) on 0303 003 1111.
Provides safeguarding advice to the Bishop and his leadership team. Manages all aspects of diocesan safeguarding policy, administration, case work and training.
Listening line 0303 003 1111
This is a special helpline that has been set up for those who have been affected either directly or indirectly by abuse in a church or cathedral setting. The helpline will be staffed by thirtyone:eight (formerly the Church’s Child Protection Advisory Service - CCPAS) - an independent safeguarding charity and is available 7 days a week. You may be asked to leave a message but will be called back. Calls will be handled sensitively and confidentially.
Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk
Our Handbook of Policy and Procedures (2016) is designed to promote best practice within our church community. It is the commitment of everyone to ensure that children and adults at risk are protected, and that all concerns are reported to the designated safeguarding officer, who in turn will report all allegations or suspicions of abuse to the relevant statutory authorities with safeguarding responsibility.
Independent Safeguarding Audit (May 2017)
"The external safeguarding audit of Manchester has been compiled by an independent body who are conducting similar work with all CofE dioceses. There is much in it to give us reassurance. The audit report identifies how we are building a safeguarding culture and embedding policies and practices which recognise our responsibilities and enable us to discharge our duties with greater confidence. It also identifies some areas where we can learn and improve." Bishop of Manchester
3 June 2020 In: Safeguarding
The newsletter includes information on Past Cases Review 2 and an update on training. Read more
30 April 2020 In: Safeguarding
During the pandemic it is vital that we continue to safeguard those who need our ... Read more
23 April 2020 In: Safeguarding
Guidelines for doing virtual meet-ups with children's groups for ages 5-11. Read more