Under section 5 of the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016 all authorised clergy, bishops, archdeacons, licensed readers and lay workers, churchwardens and PCCs must have ‘due regard’ to safeguarding guidance issued by the House of Bishops (this will include both policy and practice guidance).
Due regard means that the person that is under duty is not free to disregard but is required to follow, unless there are clear, convincing and logical reasons for not doing so. Any clergy found not to have complied with their obligations under the 2016 measure may face disciplinary action against them.
Please click on the below link in order to be taken to the Diocese of Ely’s Safeguarding Policy and Practice Guidance. This page will give guidance on Policy Statements, Practice Guidance, Joint Practice with the Methodist Church, Ely Diocesan Policies and theological texts.