National Church Safeguarding Policy, Practice Guidance and Resources

Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance

‘Due Regard’ Guidance (2020)

Policy Statements

Practice Guidance

Serious Incident Reporting

The Church of England has worked with the Charity Commission to agree bespoke guidance for DBFs, PCCs and Religious Communities on how to identify and report a Serious Incident.  There are new requirements for reporting Serious Safeguarding Incidents.  Further guidance can be found here.

Joint Practice Guidance with The Methodist Church

Records Management Guides

Church of England Records Management Guides

Guidelines for the Professional Conduct of the Clergy

Church of England Professional Conduct of Clergy Guidelines

Dignity at Work

Dignity at Work National Guidance

Templates & Resources

Church of England Templates and Resources


  • Parish Safeguarding Handbook
  • Parish Safeguarding Checklist
  • Risk Assessment Information and Tools
  • Key Roles and Responsibilities of Church Office Holders and Bodies

Liturgical Resources & Theological Texts

Liturgical Resources – Safeguarding – A range of liturgical resources designed to suit a variety of pastoral circumstances.  Includes safeguarding prayers and a template for the commissioning of a Parish Safeguarding Officer.

Forgiveness & Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Abuse (2017) – House of Bishops commended document from Faith and Order Commission.

The Gospel, Sexual Abuse and the Church: A theological resource for the local church (2016) – House of Bishops commended document from Faith and Order Commission.