Policy for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness. Christians see this as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ. Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as having the Holy Spirit within them and therefore to protect them from harm.
We are committed to:
- The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children, young people and all adults;
- The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable;
- The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is “informed vigilance” as to the dangers of abuse
To this end:
- We will carefully select, supervise and train all those with any responsibility within the Church, in line with Safer Recruitment principles, including the use of criminal records disclosures and registration/membership of the relevant vetting and barring schemes.
- We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and local authority in any investigation.
- We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.
- We will challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust
- We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision, and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.
In all these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice.
We follow the policies adopted by the Church of England and Diocese of Lincoln.
Please visit the Church of England website to find out more about national policy.
Should you have any concerns, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding team full contact details can be found here.
There are several policies and procedures which support this privacy notice, these are listed in Reference Documents below.
- How is Lincoln Cathedral comprised?
- Why we collect and use your personal data
- What personal information do we collect from you?
- The lawful bases for using your information
- Who we collect from or share your information with
- Keeping your information secure
- How long do we keep your information?
- Your rights
- How to contact us
- Reference documents
How is Lincoln Cathedral comprised?
Lincoln Cathedral is comprised of:
- The Corporate Body of Lincoln Cathedral (Exempt Charity, HMRC charity reference number X7802)
- Lincoln Cathedral Music Fund (Registered charity number 1033089)
- Lincoln Cathedral Learning, Arts, Culture and Events CIO (Registered charity number 1175597)
- Lincoln Minster Shops Ltd. (Company registration number 01015279)
- Lincoln Cathedral Quarry Ltd. (Company registration number 04634976)
Why we collect and use your personal data
We collect and use your personal information to carry out our safeguarding responsibilities including the following activities:
- Ensuring the safety of those that work for or are employed by Lincoln Cathedral, including contractors and office holders, members of the Church of England and the public
- Investigating safeguarding allegations
- Maintaining records and case files regarding safeguarding incidents and/or investigations
- Providing training
- Providing support to individuals involved in safeguarding cases
- Providing advice to Church of England bodies regarding managing safeguarding incidents or cases
- Liaising with public, statutory and regulatory enquiries (including legal and independent reviews and inquiries), local authorities and courts and tribunals
- Being involved in litigation, dispute resolution and judicial process (including liaison with external advisers)
- Publishing resources, reports and reviews
- Undertaking research and statistical analysis
- Managing archived records for historical and research reasons, including the management and administration of access to our collections
What personal information do we collect from you?
The types of information we may process include:
- Personal details
- Contact information
- Family details
- Lifestyle and social circumstances
- Employment and education details
- Housing needs
We may also process “special categories” of information that may include:
- Ethnic origin
- Trade union membership
- Sex life or Sexual orientation
- Criminal allegations, proceedings or convictions
We may process personal information about:
- Current, retired and prospective clergy
- Employees (see wording below)
- Complaints of misconduct and unlawful acts
- Individuals involved in or connected with legal claims, inquiries, reviews and dispute resolution
- Professional advisers and consultants
- Children and parents
- Individuals whose safety has been put at risk
The lawful basis for using your information
We may collect and use personal data as explained below.
- Legitimate interest – we may need to process your information to undertake safeguarding tasks, including doing all that we reasonably can to ensure that no-one is at risk of harm during Church of England activities.
Legitimate Interest Assessment
We have undertaken a Legitimate Interest Assessment which sets out why we have a legitimate interest.
We have a specific purpose with a defined benefit. The consideration of matters which are brought to our attention in order that, amongst other things, we can identify any potential wrongdoing, inappropriate behaviour, or unlawful conduct, and put in place a safer way of working across the Church of England. The processing is necessary to achieve the defined benefit. Unless we properly appreciate the detail of the matters to which you refer we cannot take steps to ensure that we have provided the most appropriate safeguarding response. The purpose is balanced against, and does not override, the interests, rights and freedoms of data subjects. There is the risk of significant and/or serious harm to others if unsuitable individuals are appointed. This risk is greatest where allegations are not properly addressed. This is balanced against, and does not override, your interests, rights and freedoms.
For a copy of the full Legitimate Interest Assessment, please contact our Data Protection Officer, whose contact details are set out below.
- Legal obligation – we may need to process your information in order to comply with a legal obligation, such as under the Inquiries Act 2005 which may compel us to provide personal data for the purposes of a statutory inquiry, or a referral to the Disclosure and Barring Service under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006, or an order of a court or tribunal.
Special categories & criminal information
- Substantial public interest (protecting the public against dishonesty etc.) – we may need to process your information where necessary for the protection of members of the public generally against seriously improper conduct, and from any failures in connection with, the Church of England’s activities, or for safeguarding purposes.This lawful basis is applied in the UK only, with reference to the GDPR Article 9(2)(g), and the Data Protection Act 2018 Schedule 2, paragraph 11. For those based outside the UK in other jurisdictions, they will have to ensure that their Member State law provides similar or equivalent use of 9(2)(g).
- Legal claims – we may need to process your information where there is a legal claim, or in connection with a judicial process.
- Archiving – we may keep your information for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes.
Who we collect from or share your information with
Where necessary (or required), we collect from or share information with:
- Legal representatives
- Parties and individuals involved in or connected with legal claims, inquiries, reviews and dispute resolution (including mediation and arbitration)
- Healthcare, social and welfare organisations or providers of health, social care or welfare services
- Educational institutions
- Governance bodies and committees
- 3rd party data processors
- Local and central government
- Both houses of parliament and members of parliament
- Regulatory and statutory bodies
- Law enforcement and prosecuting authorities
- Courts and tribunals and providers of legal services
- Members of the judiciary
- Charitable, religious and voluntary organisations
- Survey and research organisations
- Statutory, public, regulatory or other legal or independent reviews or inquiries, including any “lessons learned” reviews
Once your information has been collected by Lincoln Cathedral, it may be used by other National Church Institutions, where necessary, to provide a complete service to you, and we do this on the lawful bases listed above. It is for this reason that we link your information together, for example, to save you providing your information more than once.
Please note, your personal data will not be sent to countries outside the EEA without your consent, and with necessary safeguards. Lincoln Cathedral does do not share your information with countries outside of the UK or EEA without your consent and necessary safeguards.
Keeping your personal information secure
We are committed to ensuring that your personal data is secure. We limit access to data on a need to know basis and test our security practices and technologies.
Employees and temporary workers are required to follow policies and procedures and complete mandatory annual training to understand data protection and information security.
If a data breach does occur, we will do everything in our power to limit the damage. In the case of a high-risk data breach, and depending on the circumstances, we will inform you about the breach and any remedial actions to prevent any further damage. We will also inform the Information Commissioner’s Office of any qualifying data breaches.
Sending data over the internet is generally not completely secure, and we cannot guarantee the security of your data while it is in transit. All data sent is at your own risk. We have procedures and security features in place to keep your data secure once we receive it.
We store your data securely in compliance with European law. By submitting your personal data to us, you agree to this.
How long do we keep your information?
There’s often a legal and/or business reason for keeping your information for a set period, as stated in our retention schedule.
You have the following rights regarding your personal data, subject to exemptions:
- The right to request a copy of your personal data
- The right to rectify your data if you think it is inaccurate or incomplete
- The right to request that your data being erased, in certain circumstances
- The right to restrict processing of your data, in certain circumstances
- The right to request that we transfer your data to you or another organisation, in certain circumstances
- The right to object to our processing of your data if the process forms part of our public tasks, or is in our legitimate interests
To exercise these rights please contact the Data Protection Officer using the contact information provided below. The full data protection policy is available on request.
How to contact us
By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
￼Or write to us at: FAO The Data Officer, The Chapter Office, 4 Priorygate, Lincoln, LN2 1PL
If you have a safeguarding concern or wish to make a disclosure, please refer to Lincoln Cathedral’s Safeguarding Policy, a link to which is available on the front page of the Cathedral website.
For further information on the NCIs please go to:
For further information on our safeguarding policy, please see Promoting a Safer Church policy statement 2017: https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/201712/PromotingSaferChurchWeb.pdf
For further information on retention please see Safeguarding Records Retention Toolkit December 2015:
Records management guides | The Church of England;
For further information on our safeguarding duties and responsibilities, please see
Practice Guidance: Safer Recruitment 2016 policy:
Practice Guidance: Responding to, assessing and managing safeguarding concerns or allegations against church officers (2017):
Responding to Safeguarding Concerns or Allegations that relate to Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Practice Guidance (2018):