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Ely Cathedral is committed to safeguarding all those who attend the worship and other activities that we offer.

Ely Cathedral accepts the prime duty of care for children and vulnerable adults.

Ely Cathedral follows recommended safeguarding practice in recruiting, training and supporting our ordained and lay ministers, our employees and our volunteers.

Ely Cathedral follows the advice, guidance, policy and practice of the Church of England in promoting a Safer Church. The Church of England Safeguarding Policy Statement for children, young people and adults is available here.

Chapter have adopted the following Church of England Policy Documents which are all accessible on the Church of England Safeguarding Pages.

The Gospel, Sexual Abuse and the Church: A theological resource for the local church can be found here.

National Safeguarding Steering Group (NSSG) update

At this month's NSSG, it was agreed to provide an update following each meeting to ensure greater transparency both about what is being discussed and what decisions are made.

Read the report from the April 2020 meeting which includes a link to further information on its wider work.




COVID-19 and Safeguarding

We are continuing to add information to the safeguarding page of the Church of England website in relation to COVID-19. In the last few days we have added information regarding domestic abuse.

Contacts for Key Cathedral Officers

Interim Departmental Safeguarding Officer
Senior Management Team and Administration
The Dean, The Very Revd Mark Bonney (Clergy) | Tel: 01353 660316 | email: gro/lardehtacyle//yennob/m

Chapter Safeguarding Lead
Canon James Reveley (Clergy) | Tel: 01353 660302 | email: gro/lardehtacyle//yelever/j

Departmental Safeguarding Officer
Chris Flatman (Non Clergy) | Tel: 01353 660356 | email: gro/lardehtacyle//namtalf/c

Departmental Safeguarding Officer Music and Worship
Canon James Garrard (Clergy) | Tel: 01353 660335 | email: gro/lardehtacyle//drarrag/j

Departmental Safeguarding Officer Learning
Canon Jessica Martin (Clergy) | Tel: 01353 660304 | email: gro/lardehtacyle//nitram/j

Interim Departmental Safeguarding Officer Edward Bear/Junior Church
The Dean, The Very Revd Mark Bonney (Clergy) | Tel: 01353 660316 | email: gro/lardehtacyle//yennob/m

Cathedral Safeguarding Administrator
Sarah Coakley (Non-Clergy) | Tel: 01353 772135 | email: gro/lardehtacyle//yelkaoc/s

Cathedral Safeguarding Adviser (independent of Cathedral)
Lisa Pearson | Tel 01353 652738 | email: gro/esecoidyle//nosraep/asil

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (independent of Cathedral)
Rebecca Boswell | Tel: 01353 652731 | email: gro/esecoidyle//llewsob/acceber

Diocesan Safeguarding Officer (independent of Cathedral)
Sarah King | Tel: 01353 652735 | email: gro/esecoidyle//gnik/haras

Ely Diocese Safeguarding information can be found here.

If you need independent advice or support, or know of anyone who may benefit, the following links may be helpful:
Survivor Support Services
Women's Aid and Refuge National Helpline (24 hr)
Stop it now! Confidential advice
Police Child Abuse investigation Unit. Telephone 101

Safe Spaces is a new free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with either the Church of England, Church in Wales or the Catholic Church of England and Wales. It is being run by Victim Support, a national charity with a track record of providing survivor support.

Safe Spaces comprises a team of trained experts. This service is for those who may have experienced any form abuse, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, financial abuse, psychological abuse (including spiritual abuse), domestic abuse, coercive and controlling behaviour.