Birmingham Cathedral Chapter place the safeguarding of all who worship at and visit Birmingham Cathedral as their highest priority. This particularly includes children and at risk adults.
As a Parish Church Cathedral we work closely with our Diocesan Safeguarding colleagues to ensure our practices and policies are providing a safe environment for all. In 2016 Chapter commissioned an independent Safeguarding audit, evidencing their commitment to ensuring safe practices. That audit formed the basis for an action plan which is an integral part of the Cathedral team's review. The Cathedral has a Safeguarding Team, made up of both staff and volunteers, who meet quarterly to review best practice and policy, but who are in regular communication with cathedral congregations, staff and volunteers to ensure that safeguarding remains at the forefront of all our work and mission.
Download a copy of our policy, statement on recruiting ex-offenders and promoting a safer church policy. You can find safe practice leaflets for Types and Signs of Abuse, Domestic Abuse, Safeguarding Under 18s, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, Using Social Media, Safeguarding Ourselves in Pastoral Relationships and How We Look After You (Children) here.
Our Cathedral Safeguarding Officer is Steph Haynes (Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor) who can be contacted on: email@example.com or 07342 993844
Our Deputy Cathedral Safeguarding Officer is Anna Pitt (Cathedral Chief Executive) who can be contacted on: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0121 2621847
During office hours and for general enquiries please call the Cathedral Office on 0121 262 1840.
For Out of Hours and Weekend Emergencies please call the Emergency Safeguarding number 0845 120 4550. This number will take you through to CCPAS who will register your call and help with your emergency. We have an information sharing agreement with CCPAS so that any details given will be forwarded onto the Diocesan Safeguarding team so we can follow up with you if necessary. You can choose to remain anonymous if you wish to when making the call but we will not be able to get any follow up information.
If you have immediate concerns relating to the safety of any individual please report to the police.
Complaints and Whistle-blowing
It is important to us that any fraud, misconduct or wrongdoing by staff or officers of our organisation is reported and properly dealt with. We therefore encourage all individuals to raise any concerns that they may have about conduct of others in our organisation or the way in which the organisation is run.
Read more on the processes and policy on how to complain or whistle-blow here.