Worried that a Child or Adult is at risk? Report your concern.
We aim to protect children, young people and adults to ensure the most vulnerable people are kept safe from harm and feel safe whilst involved in the Cathedral. We are committed to supporting everyone affected by abuse, in all its forms: physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, spiritual, neglect (including self-neglect), financial, discriminatory and organisational.
If you are at risk of harm or know someone who is, please report your concern by clicking on this link. Every concern matters - no matter how small.
Please note the safeguarding officer does not work every day, but concerns will be followed up as soon as possible.
If the concern you are raising is an emergency, always call 999.
The Safeguarding Officer reports to the Dean (Nicholas Henshall) and Cathedral Chapter Safeguarding Advisor (Lorna Quinn). To report a safeguarding issue to the Church of England, please click here which willl take you to the Church of England website.
Chelmsford Cathedral adopted the Church of England's policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the policies page of the Church of England website.
…to ensure all persons involved in the Cathedral are kept safe from harm. All volunteers and staff are responsible for safeguarding. We encourage everyone involved in the Cathedral to help us Recognise and Report any safeguarding concerns.
It may be intentional or unintentional and some people are more vulnerable to abuse than others. Report every concern, no matter how small, using an Incident Form.
…involves hurting or injuring another person. Pain, discomfort, or injuries may not always be visible.
It may include: punching, slapping, choking, pushing, grabbing, shaking, pinching, kicking, scalding, spitting, or the inappropriate use of restraints, or administering of medication. Abuse includes physical chastisement towards children.
Watch Out For: multicolored bruises, cuts, burns or marks on the body and an inconsistent or absent explanation; violent threats.
…involves causing or forcing another to engage in any form of sexual activity without their consent, or when they lack capacity to consent, or when the abuser is in a position of authority.
It may include: rape, sexual touching, penetrative sexual activity, voyeurism, sexual harassment, indecent exposure, causing another to watch or perform sexual acts on yourself or another. Sexual abuse does not require any physical touching and may occur online. A person may lack the capacity to consent because of their age, mental health or disability.
Watch Out For: bruising or pain around the genitals or breast area, sexually inappropriate behaviour or language, unexplained STI’s (sexually transmitted infections), UTI’s (urinary tract infections), particularly in children or adults unable to consent.
…involves fear, control, or isolation of another.
It may include: shouting, blackmail, relentless criticism, isolation, ignoring, undermining comments, humiliation, threats of harm or abandonment.
Watch Out For: low self-esteem or confidence, self-deprecating comments, withdrawal from social situations.
…is an incident, or pattern of incidents of controlling, threatening, coercive or violent behaviour between family members or intimate partners.
It may include: physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse. Honour-based violence includes domestic abuse and forced marriage.
Watch Out For: Signs of other forms of abuse. The victim may be fearful or anxious about a partner or family member, secretive about their home-life, receive continuous harassing or controlling communications, or seem isolated.
…involves an illegal or improper use of someone’s money or assets.
It may include: theft, blackmail, and coercion. An individual who willingly gives their money away or allow another to access it, may still be a victim of fraud or exploitation.
…includes the misuse of religion or faith to exert power or control.
It may include: Any or all other forms of abuse. The abuser may include a parent, friend or professional at the Church or Cathedral.
…is the failure to meet basic and essential needs and may be self-directed. Individuals self-neglecting may refuse help and lead an unsafe lifestyle.
It may include: withholding food, water, medication, medical care, heating.
Watch Out For: inadequate, inappropriate, or dirty clothing, poor hygiene, sudden weight loss or dehydration, and untreated injuries or illnesses.
…is the prejudicial treatment towards an individual based upon their age, gender, gender identity, sexual identity, disability, religion or beliefs.
It may include: physical and emotional abuse, or neglectful behaviour.
…is the failure to provide services to an individual requiring care and may occur at home, in residential homes or hospitals.
It may include: a single incident or on-going mistreatment.
…is the act of exploiting another with the intention of personal or commercial gain.
It may include: travelling to the UK and being forced to illegally work against their will.
Watch Out For: Signs of abuse, communications demanding to know their location, in-access to identity documents, poor living or employment conditions.
…may include any form of abuse and may occur on social media.
If you are a survivor or victim of abuse that happened in a Church setting, whether it happened recently or many years ago, and you would like to talk to someone about what happened please contact our safeguarding officer. We can offer confidential and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with the Church of England. Alternatively, if you would like to speak to someone from the SCIE audit team who will be visiting the Cathedral in June, please email Sally Halls.
Abuse is never the fault of the child or vulnerable person who was abused. It is always the responsibility of a person in a position of power or trust to ensure that appropriate boundaries are maintained, and that children and other people in their care who are vulnerable to abuse or neglect are kept safe.
Loving God who is the Saviour of all;
Forgive our inattentiveness,
Our denial of evil,
Our failure to challenge and speak out.
As we seek to follow you more closely,
May we be more faithful,
More willing to serve,
And more diligent in prayer:
We weep with sorrow and guilt over sin and abuse,
And our complicity in it;
Transform our churches into places
Of refuge, compassion, and solidarity
With those who suffer;
As well as places of truth and hope;
Through the love of your Son Jesus Christ,
Who entered into hell to draw us in to heaven
And in whom is our redemption.