APPG on safeguarding in faith settings

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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 Settings?

The APPG on Safeguarding in Faith Settings was established in September 2018. The aims of the group, are to increase awareness of issues relating to safeguarding within faith settings and to provide an opportunity for the faith community to inform safeguarding discourse, share best practise and work together to create safer places.

Following our AGM which was held in Westminster on Tuesday 28 January 2020, Preet Kaur Gill MP was elected as Chair with thirtyone:eight, an independent safeguarding charity, providing the secretariat for the group.

You can find our public registration here (page 931).

For latest news and updates follow us on Twitter @APPG_SafeFaith or for further information about the work of the APPG contact Jackie on [email protected] 

Elected Officers:

Preet Kaur Gill MP - Chair

Baroness Hollins - Vice-Chair

Lord Selkirk of Douglas - Vice-Chair

Pauline Latham MP - Vice-Chair

Tim Farron MP - Secretary

Secretariat provided by: Thirtyone:eight (Principal Advisor: Justin Humphreys, Joint CEO)

Meetings

The APPG meets regularly as part of its work.  Details of previous and upcoming meetings are below.  If you're interested in attending you can book your place by contacting Jackie on [email protected]. Please be aware that places are limited.

The APPG held its AGM where we elected our Officers and launched the report on our Inquiry into the effectiveness of Positions of Trust in safeguarding young people in faith settings.

The meeting heard oral evidence given as part of its inquiry into the effectiveness of 'Positions of Trust' legislation in safeguarding young people in faith settings. You can read the meeting summary here.

The meeting invited evidence to be presented on various aspects of our first inquiry into Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief: An Exploration of multi-agency responses to Children in Need.

The inaugural meeting of the group, which was held in Westminster, saw the election of officers. The group marked the launch by initiating its first inquiry into ‘Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief: An Exploration of multi-agency responses to Children in Need’.

Inquiries

The APPG will be holding a number of inquiries into topics relating specifically to safeguarding in faith settings.  Here you will find the latest information and updates on each the inquiry:

The first inquiry launched by the group is into ‘Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief: An Exploration of multi-agency responses to Children in Need’.  This will begin with a research project to be undertaken by Dr Lisa Oakley and Sarah Vaughan at the University of Chester.  The project will seek to explore the characteristics of those cases that are registered in the children in need census in 2017 and 2018 under the category ‘child abuse linked to faith or belief’.  2017 was the first year that this category has been included in the census and identified 1,461 cases.

The second Inquiry by the group (launched August 2019) explores the extent to which the current provisions within the Sexual Offences Act, 2003 for ‘Positions of Trust’ and the offence of ‘abuse of a position of trust’ adequately enable the safeguarding of young people receiving services and support in faith settings. The inquiry included a call for evidence which invited individuals and organisations to submit evidence in order to assess the need for any change in the current legislation and its application. The report of the Inquiry - 'Positions of Trust: It's time to change the law' - which included five specific recommendations was launched in Parliament on Tuesday 28th January 2020 and calls on the government to amend the Sexual Offences Act 2003 so that the application of the definition of 'Positions of Trust' is not limited to professions listed in the Act but extended to any adult to which that description applies.

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