We are committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults.
Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of everyone and central to our mission and ministry and all Church and community activities in London.
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Since taking up my appointment as the new Bishop of London I have visited many parishes and projects across the Diocese. I have been struck by the vibrant and diverse ways in which we are engaging with communities within the Diocese of London and beyond. Large numbers of children, young people and adults attend churches across the Diocese every day of the week – through clubs, drop-ins, services and a whole range of other activities. One of the great blessings is the diversity of those who are touched by these activities in our churches.
At the heart of our calling as a church is our call to share the good news of Christ with all people – with a particular concern for those in most need. ALL are welcome. Indeed, many people who may be vulnerable are attracted to our churches because they are seen as a safe space. That strength brings with it a great challenge to the Diocese and our worshipping communities:
To work to ensure that our parishes, churches and other communities continue to be seen as safe spaces;
To offer a welcome to those who have sinned and seek repentance whilst managing any risk appropriately;
To ensure that those who make allegations of abuse are listened to and supported, and that we deal with such allegations promptly.
We all have a role to play in creating a safer diocese – thank you for all that you have done and continue to do. We need to create a culture of informed vigilance, taking our safeguarding responsibilities seriously. To this end we are working to ensure that everyone has up to date safeguarding knowledge appropriate to their role, so that we can carry out our responsibilities with thoughtfulness, commitment and care.
I commend to you this new Safeguarding Policy for the Diocese of London as our commitment to play our full part in the whole church approach to safeguarding adopted by the Church of England in the policy statement that was agreed by the House of Bishops in 2017.
The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Dame SARAH ELISABETH MULLALLY DBE , B.Sc, M.Sc, D.Sc (Hon)
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