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Published: 22 Aug 2019   updated: 11 Oct 2019

The SCIE (Social Care Institute for Excellence) are in the process of carrying out audits on all Cathedrals in England. We would like to thank the SCIE for the time they spent with us in June auditing the Safeguarding work at the Cathedral, and for their report which has just been published and is available here. As well as looking at our files, training and policies, the audit committee met with a number of representatives including our safeguarding team, members of Chapter and staff, chorister families and others within our Cathedral community.

Amongst other things the report recognises our close and integrated working with the Diocese, the strength of the senior leadership team, the sense of teamwork between clergy and lay staff, the strength of our safer recruitment policy and the strong management of volunteers, their training and support.

The report also offers a number of questions for the Cathedral to address and these will form the basis for an Action Plan that Chapter will publish within three months of this date.

Ely Cathedral takes the safeguarding of children and adults at risk of harm very seriously and we were pleased to be given the opportunity to take part in this audit. The safeguarding of all those within the Cathedral community is an overarching priority and we will continue to ensure that all appropriate safeguards are in place at all times.

If anyone has concerns regarding safeguarding the following numbers may be helpful: 101 to report a crime to the Police; 01353 667735 to contact the Cathedral Safeguarding Officer; 01353 652731 to contact the Diocese of Ely Safeguarding Adviser. For further support you can call 0808 800 5000 to contact the NSPCC who have a line for non-recent abuse; or email