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Independent Safeguarding Audit

Help us to ensure a safe environment for everyone

Please take a moment to complete INEQE Safeguarding Group’s independent online survey, to help ensure Exeter Cathedral and the Diocese of Exeter are doing all they can to create environments where everyone feels safe, valued and respected. The surveys form an important part of audits which have been commissioned by the Archbishop’s Council and are taking place across every diocese and cathedral in the Church of England. Exeter’s online survey is open until Tuesday 2 July 2024.

Safeguarding at Exeter Cathedral 

The Chapter have committed the Cathedral community to the support, nurture, protection and safeguarding of all, especially the young and the vulnerable.

We recognise that our work with children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of the whole church community, and we are fully committed to acting within current legislation, guidance, national frameworks and the Diocesan Safeguarding procedures.

Exeter Cathedral will also act in an open, transparent and accountable way in working in partnership with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Children and Adult Social Care Services, the Police, Probation Services and other agencies to safeguard children and vulnerable adults.

We welcome staff and volunteers who are recruited in accordance with House of Bishops’ Parish Handbook 2018. This means we will ensure that those who are employed or who volunteer to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults are suitable for the role, that they know what the role entails and that they are supported in carrying it out.

The Ven. Nick Shutt holds responsibility for ensuring the Cathedral’s safeguarding policy is regularly reviewed and kept up to date with national guidance.

Resources to download 

Further safeguarding resources (including contacts, policies and guidance, safer recruitment, and information about training) are provided by the Diocese of Exeter’s Safeguarding Team.

If there is an immediate risk of harm to an individual you should dial 999 and report your concern to the police.
Details of other advice and support services can be found on the contacts link above.