Lincoln Cathedral is pleased to share the report following the recent audit of safeguarding practice at the cathedral. This audit, undertaken by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is part of a significant national project to audit practice in all 42 dioceses and cathedrals of the Church of England. As such it provides a thorough and independent view of safeguarding practice at the cathedral.

The report is published at a time when the cathedral has been through a significant amount of change, and during which there have been some well-publicised issues surrounding safeguarding practice. The chapter is glad to note that the report recognises good safeguarding practice across a range of cathedral activities and, while there is still work to do, that there is strong operational and strategic leadership.

The report recognises that there has been significant work taking place to improve and embed good safeguarding practice – and that this work is
ongoing. The fact that a dedicated Cathedral Safeguarding Officer has now been in post for nearly two years means that now is an ideal time to reflect on how the cathedral can build on the progress made so far. To this end, this report provides a useful framework of matters to consider.

In response to this report (and other recent reviews) the cathedral will be drawing up a new Safeguarding Action Plan, which it hopes to consult on and produce during the first quarter of 2022.

You can read the full report here: Lincoln Cathedral Safeguarding Audit