In August 2023 INEQE Safeguarding Group was appointed by the Archbishops’ Council to carry out the next round of independent external audits of Church of England dioceses and cathedrals. The purpose of these audits is to make sure dioceses cathedrals and palaces are doing all they can to create environments where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.
The Independent Audit programme will run for 5 years from 2023 to 2028, with Audits commencing in January 2024. Audits will be carried out in the diocese and cathedral at the same time (previously this was done separately).
To ensure the most productive use of time, INEQE’s approach during the independent Safeguarding Audits will be to analyse all available information in advance of site visits.
This information will be collected using INEQE’s 360° Online Safeguarding Audit Tool.
Each Church body, with the exception of those being audited in early 2024, will receive their briefing pack, which will include INEQE’s 360° Safeguarding Audit Tool, at a minimum of three months in advance of their audit site visit.
Click on the button below to visit the page that is relevant to your region. Each page contains the links to your surveys, the privacy notice for the Safeguarding Audit, a form by which you can contact the Audit Team and signposting to support if you need someone to talk to.