Bristol Cathedral has a duty of care to all the children, young people and adults who engage with our life and work.

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We take our responsibility very seriously and work closely with our partners to ensure that there is a safe and secure culture within the Cathedral. We can offer support and signposting to appropriate services to anyone experiencing domestic abuse, modern slavery or has another safeguarding concern.

If you have a safeguarding concern or have any questions about safeguarding at Bristol Cathedral, please contact our team.

Safeguarding Policy and Handbook

Click here to download the Cathedral’s Safeguarding Policy, including our notification procedure. Any allegations and issues are managed in concert with the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor and the Cathedral Schools Trust where it relates to the schools on site.  We work closely with the Diocese of Bristol to ensure our safeguarding procedures are appropriate.

If you would like to download our safeguarding handbook click here.  Please let us know if you would like to access any particular appendix [email protected]

Our Commitments

  • Our Safeguarding Committee meets quarterly and includes the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor and representatives from the Cathedral Schools Trust, as well as Cathedral staff and clergy.
  • We require disclosure and barring service checks (DBS) for all staff and some volunteer roles.
  • All staff and volunteers receive regular safeguarding training.

Latest Safeguarding Updates

Click here to view the report from our 2021 SCIE Safeguarding Audit.

Click here to view our latest Safeguarding Action Plan.

Safeguarding Team Contact

Safeguarding - Staff Ben Silvey

Ben Silvey

Safeguarding Lead

[email protected]
0117 946 8184

Safeguarding - Staff Chrissie

Chrissie Graham

Deputy Safeguarding Lead

[email protected]
0117 9468187

Safeguarding - Staff Sarah Jenkinson

Sarah Jenkinson

Safeguarding and Pastoral Officer

[email protected]
0117 946 8182

Safeguarding - Staff Helen Wardle

Helen Wardle

Independent Safeguarding Advocate

[email protected]

Key Safeguarding Links

National Safeguarding Guidance

The Church of England provides national guidance and information on safeguarding.

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Redress Scheme

The Church of England’s Redress Scheme offers financial redress as well as therapeutic, spiritual and emotional support, acknowledgment of wrongdoing on the part of the Church, apology and support to survivors of Church-related abuse.

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Children’s Services

If you are under 18 and need to talk to someone, you can contact Childline or the NSPCC

Safe Spaces

Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has experienced abuse in the church.

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Bristol Survivor Pathway

Bristol Survivor pathway provides signposting to the most appropriate services for those who experienced abuse.

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Next Link

Next Link provide services for people who are experiencing domestic abuse.

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unseen uk

unseen offer a uk modern slavery and exploitation helpline and support to those who have experienced modern slavery.

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Mental Health Services

Find out more about the Mental Health Services available in Avon and Wiltshire.

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