Safeguarding information

The Diocese of Bristol takes seriously its duties to safeguard all people in our church communities.

Here you will find the safeguarding policies of the Diocese of Bristol as well as further information and guidance.

Follow the quick links below to access the information you require.

With the help of the NSPCC's friendly dinosaur Pantosaurus, talking PANTS is a simple way to teach your child how to stay safe from abuse:

Get more information and resources for Parents and groups here:

The Underwear Rule - link to NSPCC website
PANTS Guide for Children
PANTS Guide for Parents
The Underwear Rule Guide - A4 Poster sized can be used in Church Buildings, Halls or anywhere that children may access activities.

Diocese of Bristol policies and procedures

The Diocese of Bristol’s Safeguarding Policy was revised in April 2018 and adopted by the Diocesan Synod in June 2018. 

Diocese of Bristol Safeguarding policy

Safeguarding Policy 2018

Domestic Abuse Policy Statement 2017

Managing church related safeguarding allegations

Allegations Management Procedure

Safer recruitment information

Safer Recruitment Guidelines

Recruitment of Ex Offenders

Handling of Disclosure Information

Guidance for ministry with those that may pose a risk to others

Ministering to those that may present a risk

Guidance and advice for parishes

Parish Safeguarding Responsibilities

Role of PSO

Parish Safeguarding Policy guidance

Church Building Hire Agreements - Safeguarding Considerations


Changes to diocesan and national policy and guidance from 2015 to 2016 have been tracked and recorded in the following document:

Safeguarding Policy and Guidance Change Tracker 2016

National Church of England policies and guidance

The national Church of England safeguarding policies and guidance are regularly updated on the Church of England website. These documents contain practice guidance regarding running activities in our church communities and the personal responsibilities and behaviours which must be followed by all who work with vulnerable groups across the diocese.

Church of England Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance

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