Friday 16 July 2021 marked the launch of a new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to promote the responsibility and opportunity of faith groups in safeguarding.
The group is co-chaired by Janet Daby MP for Lewisham East in London and Lord Bishop Viv Faull, Lord Spiritual and Bishop of Bristol. The Secretariat for the group being provided by Thirtyone:eight, the UK's leading independent Christian safeguarding charity.
The inaugural meeting of the group, which was held online due to COVID restrictions, saw the election of officers from across the House of Commons and House of Lords.
Justin Humphreys, Chief Executive of Thirtyone:eight said “It is a great privilege for us as a charity to be providing the Secretariat for this APPG on safeguarding in faith communities. As a charity, a key part our wider mission to create safer places for all, is to encourage society to stand against oppression and exploitation by informing legislation and striving to raise the standards in safeguarding practice. Supporting this APPG is one important way that we are able to fulfil this mission. We look forward to working together with Janet Daby, Bishop Viv Faull, and MPs, Peers and researchers to construct a more detailed understanding of these issues, and together help faith communities and statutory partners alike to improve preventative practices and responses.”