Diocese of Carlisle

Diocesan Safeguarding Policy


Our Diocesan Synod has adopted Church of England policy and guidance agreed by the House of Bishops together with the statutory guidance issued to support the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Church of England policy and guidance seeks to ensure that church activities involving children, young people and/or adults who may be vulnerable are run in a fun, safe, thoughtful and caring way. You should also refer to it if concerned about a particular person(s). Church policy and guidance includes requirements made of the diocese, bishops, leaders, church organisations and parishes, and suggested checklists and practical templates to use included in appendices. To these we have added briefings and other specifically diocesan policies that support safeguarding in the Carlisle Diocese.

We have divided up the policy and guidance under five headings. The first four are of particular relevance to safeguarding in our parishes. The five headings are:

Parish Safeguarding Handbook

Nationally, the Church of England has published a Parish Safeguarding Handbook, which aims to draw together the main messages and requirements found in the guidance agreed by the House of Bishops.