The Church of England has commissioned an independent audit of cathedral arrangements for keeping people safe from harm and abuse. These mandatory audits follow those carried out at diocesan level over the last two years. Canterbury Cathedral was pleased to volunteer as first among all the cathedrals in England and Wales to be audited.
The Chapter believes that the audit allowed us to benefit from external scrutiny by measuring ourselves against current best practice in this vital area, demonstrating our own good practice, and then learning and developing as a result.
Leading improvement agency the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is conducting the audits, and visited the Cathedral for three days in November 2018. As well as looking at safeguarding files, policies and training, they met with safeguarding professionals, key members of Chapter, including the Dean, and a wide variety of others from across the Cathedral community.
The Chapter would like to thank all the colleagues who gave their time, views and expertise to contribute to this in-depth process, since at the heart of the audit was a series of conversations and focus groups with people in significant roles at the Cathedral relevant to safeguarding. We are pleased that the report concludes that Canterbury Cathedral’s safeguarding is good, with many areas of strength. The auditors also pose a number of challenges.
Read the full report and a document detailing its conclusion, questions, challenges and responses. This document will remain live at the Cathedral and will be updated as actions are completed and changes embedded into our processes. If you have any queries, comments or concerns regarding the report, our responses or safeguarding in general, please direct these to firstname.lastname@example.org