Every day hundreds of children enter the Precincts of Canterbury Cathedral and become part of our community. Some of the children are permanent members of the Foundation of Canterbury Cathedral and others may just visit once in their childhood, but to every child we have a duty of care and responsibility which is an extremely serious trust. There is, in our society, a great concern that children be cared for in the best possible way and the Church takes this responsibility as one of its most important concerns. We have a Management group, guidelines and policies in place to ensure we follow very closely the principles of the House of Bishops’ Child Protection Policy Document for the whole Church of England.
This duty of care, polices and guidelines also applies to any Vulnerable Adults who visit our Cathedral and our Policy states that:
- We are committed to respectful pastoral ministry to all adults within our Cathedral community.
- We are committed, within our Cathedral community to the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable people. This encompasses those who live, work, worship and visit here.
As part of our commitment to both child and adult protection, we carefully select and train paid and voluntary staff who might come into contact with these groups, using the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) if appropriate amongst other tools, to check their suitability.
See also our Safeguarding Policy.
If you have any queries or concerns in this regard, please address these in the first instance to: firstname.lastname@example.org.