Safeguarding

Worried? Not sure what to do?

The Church of England Birmingham is committed to promoting a safer church for everyone including those that have been abused.

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.

Think Safeguarding - Reach Out, Recognise, Record, Report

Contact

If you have any concerns about a child, young person or adult who may be vulnerable, or someone who works/volunteers for the Church of England Birmingham, please contact:

Bishop's Safeguarding Adviser

or complete our online referral form here.

Our Cathedral Safeguarding Officer is Steph Haynes (Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor) who can be contacted on: stephh@cofebirmingham.com or 07342 993844

Our Deputy Cathedral Safeguarding Officer is Anna Pitt (Cathedral Chief Executive) who can be contacted on: anna.pitt@birminghamcathedral.com or 0121 2621847

Or go direct via Safe Spaces

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 Thirtyone:eight who will register your call and help with your emergency. We have an information sharing agreement with Thirtyone:eight 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. 

Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247

NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000

Independent safeguarding audit of Birmingham Cathedral

A copy of our recent SCIE audit can be downloaded here.

Our SCIE report action plan can be downloaded here.

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.