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APPG on safeguarding in faith settings

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 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 the Inaugural Meeting of the APPG which was held in Westminster on Wednesday 12 September 2018, Sarah Champion MP for Rotherham and Michael Tomlinson MP for Mid Dorset and North Poole were elected as Co-Chairs 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 jackie.mills@thirtyoneeight.org 

Elected Officers:

Sarah Champion MP - Co-Chair

Michael Tomlinson MP - Co-Chair

Baroness Hollins - Vice-Chair

Preet Kaur Gill MP - Vice-Chair

John Grogan MP - Treasurer

Tim Farron MP - Secretary

Secretariat provided by Thirtyone:eight 


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.

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