What is an all-party parliamentary group?
All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal, cross-party interest groups of MPs and Peers interested in a particular issue. They exist to help other MPs from all parties become better informed about a particular policy area. APPGs do not have any power to make laws and are not funded by Parliament. There is a great number and variety of APPGs, covering many areas such as health, education, transport, defence, faith, finance, the media and sports.
What is the APPG on Safeguarding in Faith Communities?
The APPG on Safeguarding in Faith Communities was established in July 2021. The aims of the group, are to increase awareness of issues relating to safeguarding within faith settings and to provide an opportunity for faith communities to inform safeguarding discourse, share best practice and work together to create safer places.
Following our inaugural meeting which was held virtually over zoom on Friday 16 July 2021, Janet Daby MP and Lord Bishop Viv Faull were elected as Co-Chairs with thirtyone:eight, an independent safeguarding charity, providing the secretariat for the group. The group is now co-chaired by Lord Bishop Viv Faull and Ruth Jones MP.
Our official registration can be found here (Page 1065).
Please note this is not an official website of Parliament. It has not been
approved by either House. APPGs are informal groups of Parliamentarians with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in meeting notes below are those of the group.
Janet Daby (LAB) Vice-Chair
Rosie Duffield (LAB) Vice-Chair
Baroness Sherlock Vice-Chair
Baroness Hollins Vice-Chair
Stephen Timms (LAB) Vice-Chair
Andrew Selous (CON) Vice-Chair
Secretariat provided by: Thirtyone:eight (Principal Advisor: Justin Humphreys, Joint CEO)
Ruth Jones MP
Bishop Viv Faull
The APPG meets regularly as part of its work. Details of previous and upcoming meetings are below. If you're interested in attending please express your interest by contacting Leigh on [email protected]. Please be aware that places are limited.
AGM, Mandatory Reporting and Sex Offender Name Change.
This meeting took place on 13 November 3pm - 5pm. Jonathan West from Mandate Now presented on mandatory reporting, as well as Della Wright & Emily Konstantas from Safeguarding Alliance, who discussed sex offender name change.
The APPG met on 12th July 2022 in person at the Houses of Parliament to explore engagement between faith communities and statutory agencies. Speakers were Colin Bloom, Faith Engagement Advisor, and Professor Gordon Lynch, University of Kent. Minutes of the meeting can be found here.
The APPG met on 2 November 2021 to consider it's first area of focus. Co-Chairs Janet Daby MP and Bishop Viv Faull invited attendees to input into which subject area should be explored by the APPG, with contributions from Professor Gordon Lynch, University of Kent and Justin Humphreys, CEO & Head of Safeguarding Development at Thirtyone:eight. It was agreed that the first inquiry will be on the engagement between faith communities and statutory partners in relation to safeguarding work. Minutes of the meeting can be found here
The inaugural meeting of the group, which was held online, included introductions, an outline of the group's purpose, and the election of officers for the group.
This is not an official website of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed on this website are those of the group, or individual members of the group.