National Policy & Governance

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IMPORTANT - Word of Caution

The Ecclesiastical Insurance Group have made it clear that their insurance cover is ONLY valid where National Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance is being followed. In addition, the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016, requires all clergy authorised to officiate; other relevant Church Officers (e.g. Church Wardens) and parochial church councils to have “due regard” to safeguarding policy and practice guidance issued by the House of Bishops.A duty to have due regard to guidance means that a person under that duty is not free to disregard it but is required to follow such guidance unless there are cogent reasons for not doing so.

Please note, the Church of England released in February 2020 a statement on what the "duty of care" means and consequences on this not being followed. Please read this link: Duty to “have due regard” to House of Bishops Safeguarding Guidance


The Archbishop’s Council funds a National Church of England Safeguarding Team. This is a team of expert safeguarding professionals based at Church House, in Westminster, London. One of the many functions of the National Safeguarding Team is to produce National Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance. This is done by extensive research and lengthy consultation with internal and external safeguarding experts. All Policy and Practice Guidance is regularly updated and reviewed. You can learn more about the National Safeguarding Team and their activities by accessing the Church of England website.

We, in Hereford Diocese, will always adhere strictly to all National Safeguarding Policy and Practice guidance. We will not seek to develop our own policy and practice guidance but may produce additional supplementary information leaflets and Pro-forma documents to assist in safeguarding activity.

You can find the National Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance on the Church of England Website.