Chapter 5: Safeguarding (Children and Adults at Risk)

The Church in Wales is committed to fostering an environment where everyone is able to worship and participate in the life of the church in safety. The church therefore will:

  • robustly and consistently implement safeguarding policies and procedures across the Province.
  • promote a culture which listens to children, young people and adults at risk.
  • ensure that when concerns are raised they are taken seriously and dealt with appropriately.
  • appropriately recruit, train and support all those in a position of trust.

All church workers including, but not limited to, clergy, employees and volunteers are regarded by the Church in Wales as persons working in positions of trust within the church and as such are expected to adhere to its safeguarding policy and procedures as found in the Safeguarding Policy

The Church in Wales wants to provide a safe, happy and supportive environment of mission and ministry in which all God’s people can grow and develop in their Christian commitment.

Those who work for and support the church, both lay and ordained whether volunteers or paid, who give of their time and talents, are crucial to ensuring that all people whether they be children, young people, adults at risk, survivors of abuse or offenders are treated with dignity and respect and valued at all times.

The Church in Wales has a responsibility to ensure that all church members are cared for and protected including those who work in the church by providing training and support. To this end the Church in Wales is committed to being a Safe Church.

Implicit in the words of Jesus is recognition of the unique status of all humankind and the need for all to be respected as persons in their own right. The Ministry of the Lord affords special protection for children, young people and adults at risk.

‘Let the children come to me; do not try to stop them; for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these. Matthew 19:14’

To be a Safe Church we are committed to:

  • ensure that all church workers, whether ordained or lay, whether acting in a paid or voluntary capacity must act towards children, young people and adults at risk responsibly and with integrity; ensuring their position of trust is safeguarded and that no advantage is taken of those in their care.
  • ensure that all church workers are suitable for working with children, young people and adults at risk.
  • ensure that all public worship, events and activities are organised and delivered safely to a high standard; and with the particular needs of children, young people and adults at risk in mind.
  • ensure that all pastoral care is delivered safely.
  • ensure that all concerns, complaints or allegations are handled in accordance with the law and in line with best practice.
  • ensure that those who have suffered abuse are safely supported within our church communities.
  • ensure that offenders are treated fairly.
  • keep under review our policy and procedures.

All Church in Wales Safeguarding Policy details and forms are available in our Safeguarding section

Contact details for our safeguarding team are available here