Church of England Child Protection Policy
The Church of England, in all aspects of its life, is committed to and will champion the protection of children and young people both in society as a whole and in its own community. It fully accepts, endorses and will implement the principles enshrined in The Children Act 1989 that the welfare of the child is paramount. The Church of England will foster and encourage best practice within its community by setting standards for working with children and young people and by supporting parents in the care of their children. It will work with statutory bodies, voluntary agencies and other faith communities to promote the safety and well being of children and young people. It is committed to acting promptly whenever a concern is raised about a child or young person or about the behaviour of an adult, and will work with the appropriate statutory body when an investigation into child abuse is necessary.
Children and Young People Safeguarding:
1995 – House of Bishops produced first child protection policy document
(in response to the Home Office’s 1993 document Safe from Harm)
1999 and 2004 – policy revised
2010 – Latest policy Protecting All God’s Children
The policy is in place to protect not only children and young people, but also those adults who are committed to working with and for them.
The Diocese of St Albans has adopted and fully supports this policy statement.