Bristol Cathedral has a duty of care to all the children, young peope and adults who engage with our life and work. We take the responsiblity very seriously and work closely with our partners to ensure that there is a safe and secure culture within the Cathedral.

If you need help we can offer support - if you are an adult or a child, if you are a woman, man or person experiencing domestic abuse or modern slavery.

  • The Diocese of Bristol is responsible for the protection of children and vulnerable adults across the Diocese, and is responsible for the delivery of the safeguarding policies that are adopted by the national church.  The Diocese and the Cathedral have a service level agreement in place for safguarding. The Cathedral policy can be downloaded here. The policy includes a 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 have a Safeguarding committee that meets quarterly and which includes the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, and representatives from the Cathedral Schools Trust. Click here for the school's policy.  
  • The Cathedral requires disclosure and barring service (DBS) checks for some staff and volunteer roles. 
  • Staff and volunteers receive safeguarding training. We also have CCTV and other security systems in place which help us manage the building safely. 

If you have any questions about safeguarding in the Cathedral, please contact Ben Silvey (Chief Operating Officer and Cathedral Safeguarding Officer), or Chrissie Graham (Operations Officer for Safeguarding and Finance and Deputy Cathedral Safeguarding Officer) on 0117 926 4879   


For the Church of England's national policy statement 'Promoting a safer church' click here.  For national church guidance, and information on safeguarding click here

For more information on the Diocesan role in safeguarding click here

See Bristol Survivor Pathway for help and advice.  
For help and support on domestic abuse see Next Link
If you are a child and need someone to talk to you can ring Childline or the NSPCC.  
For local mental health support on a range of issues including addiction in Bristol please click here

To see the 2021 SCIE Safeguarding Audit Report click here

Please click here for a link to the Action Plan produced in response to the SCIE Audit.  The plan is reviewed regularly, so if you are not sure you have downloaded the most recent version please contact .