As part of the ongoing work of safeguarding in our churches, all Cathedrals have been required to participate in an independent review undertaken by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
It was the turn of Southwark Cathedral to be audited in February, just before the current lockdown.
We are now able to publish the final report by the auditors. It is a long and detailed report but it is well worth reading. We are delighted with the outcome of the audit and the affirmation that it gives to the whole community at Southwark that we are taking the care of young people and vunerable adults seriously.
Thank you to Canon Michael Rawson and our Cathedral Safeguarding Officers - Cherry James, Helen Quintrell and Jill Tilley, led by the Comptroller, Matthew Knight - for their hard work and commitment to the task. Thank you also to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Kate Singleton, for her work with us throughout the process and over the years that she has been in post.
Whilst a great deal of time and energy was given to working towards the audit, that was not the end of the journey. At the same time safeguarding is part of who we are. Southwark Cathedral is an inclusive community in which all need to be safe and feel safe, in which every person, regardless of who they are, is valued and cared for. That is our life, that is our task, that is our vocation.
A copy of the report can be downloaded from here
Cathedral Safeguarding Audit Action Plan July 2020
In February 2020 the Cathedral underwent an audit by SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) of its safeguarding policy, practices, leadership and management along with its general safeguarding culture.
Through the Action Plan, the Chapter of Southwark Cathedral responds to the questions raised in the SCIE Audit. The plan contains responses, actions, who is responsible, timescales and action status. The Action Plan needed to be published within three months of the final audit report and this plan was posted online 20 July 2020.
Our aspiration to implement actions during 2020 has been delayed due to the Covid 19 pandemic which has radically changed our working practices on a temporary basis and led to the closure of the Cathedral for nearly four months.
Health safeguarding has been foremost in our risk assessments for safely reopening the Cathedral and its activities following the lockdown in July 2020.
A copy of this Action Plan can be viewed here
you hold the most vulnerable in your embrace,
you reach out to those with greatest need
and strengthen us in our weakness.
May we build a safer church
for the youngest and oldest,
the weakest and the most vunerable,
the needy and the excluded.
Empower us to act with wisdom,
compassion and love
that our community may be safe for all,
a reflection of all we see
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark