The Church of England has commissioned an independent audit of all Church of England cathedrals, reviewing their arrangements for keeping people safe from harm and abuse. In today’s modern world there is a risk that the occurrence of an audit can be mistakenly taken up on social media or the press as indicating the imminent revelation of an abuse scandal in a particular cathedral. This is not the case, however, and we want to provide clarity and reassurance that every cathedral in England is engaging with the audit process. The audit’s purpose is to bring in ‘fresh eyes’ to proactively enable learning and improvement in how cathedrals individually, and collectively, keep people safe; it is not a response to something bad having happened here or elsewhere.
‘Cathedrals nationally are taking part in this exercise.’
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has been appointed to conduct the safeguarding audits. Two SCIE auditors will be visiting Manchester Cathedral from 30 November to 2 December 2021.
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