SCIE Safeguarding Audit

SCIE Safeguarding Audit

Social Care Institute for Excellence Audit

8th-10th February 2022

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SCIE Safeguarding Audit Update| Friday 18th March 2022

On Friday 18 March 2022 an article was published in the Church Times and what follows is a statement from the Cathedral Chapter:

The National Safeguarding Team of the Church of England has commissioned the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) to undertake independent Safeguarding audits of all Cathedrals, and these have been happening since 2018. Wells Cathedral’s audit took place between 8 and 10 February 2022 and was welcomed by the Chapter of Wells Cathedral. It recognises that it will benefit from external scrutiny by measuring itself against current best safeguarding practice: wanting to understand what the Cathedral does well, and where the focus of attention and resource needs to be to improve and develop what is done.

While the audit report, which is only a draft at this stage, recognises many strengths in our safeguarding practices, the Cathedral Chapter (the governing body of the Cathedral) was nonetheless shocked and very saddened to learn of some of the feelings expressed.  As a body, we are deeply sorry to hear of this unhappiness and anxiety. We want to listen and learn and take the concerns extremely seriously. We have already started to consider the helpful questions raised by the SCIE auditors in the full report.

While we strive for happy excellence with faith at the heart of everything we do at the Cathedral, we need to do so within a caring and supportive environment and the wellbeing of all staff and volunteers is of the utmost importance. Wells Cathedral seeks to be a centre of welcome and well-being, where all can be embraced by the forgiving love and grace of God.

When the report is finalised, it will be made available on our website with the action plan we are undertaking to create a healthy culture of care.

SCIE Safeguarding Audit

Between 8th and 10th February 2022, leading improvement agency the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is conducting an independent audit of the Cathedral’s safeguarding arrangements. As well as reviewing cases, policies and practice, the audit team will meet with the Cathedral team who look after all aspects of safeguarding, key members of Chapter, including the Dean, and a wide variety of others from across the Cathedral community.

The Chapter believes Wells Cathedral will benefit from external scrutiny by measuring ourselves against current best practice in this vital area: so we understand what we do well, and where we need to focus attention and resource to improve and develop what we do.

A copy of the SCIE report will be published on the website, when available, as will a copy of the Action Plan following the Audit. The Action Plan will be updated regularly so progress is visible.

A copy of the SCIE Privacy Notice may be found here.

Anyone who is affected by any safeguarding issue can speak in confidence to the Cathedral Safeguarding Lead or any of those listed below.

If you have any queries, comments or concerns regarding the audit process or safeguarding in general, please contact the Cathedral Safeguarding Lead or the Cathedral Safeguarding Adviser.


Cathedral Safeguarding Lead (also Chapter Clerk and Administrator)

Mrs Jackie Croft
T: 01749 832 218 or 07799 644 589

Chapter member (responsible for Chapter’s oversight of Safeguarding matters)

The Revd Canon Nicholas Jepson-Biddle
T: 01749 674 483

Diocesan Safeguarding Manager

Ben Goodhind
T: 01749 685 135 or 07834 514 842
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Cathedral and Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Andy Duncan
T: 01749 685 135 or 07736 903 855

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