Monthly safeguarding update - England

01 June 2021, Matthew Cooper, Thirtyone:eight

All Thirtyone:eight’s courses are now on offer via webinar, after the addition of three courses: Pastoral Care and Supporting Survivors, Assessing and Managing Risk and Spiritual Abuse.

Our latest research on Safeguarding in the Christian faith context during and post COVID-19 is a time-sensitive and crucial report Thirtyone:eight have worked on alongside the University of Chester. This research was specifically aimed at safeguarding coordinators and leads and their contributions have given us some early insight into their needs as we emerge from the pandemic.

In February Thirtyone:eight and the University of Chester held a live launch event of the International Christian Work research findings, attended by more than 100 delegates. We are committed to working with the University of Chester to deliver some of the key recommendations of the ICW research and as such we now have a new research and development working group to help steer any future research outputs.

The latest work on laws around Positions of Trust shows that our campaigning via the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Safeguarding in Faith Settings has achieved recognition of this issue within faith settings. This inquiry into the effectiveness of ‘Positions of Trust’ in safeguarding young people within faith settings was launched by the APPG in August 2019. It explored the extent to which the current provisions within the SOA 2003 for ‘positions of trust’ (s16-20) and the offence of ‘abuse of a position of trust’ (s21-24) adequately enable the safeguarding of young people receiving services and support in the wide variety of faith settings that exist across the country.

As a result, the Ministry of Justice has put forward proposals via the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to ensure that positions of trust can be applied more broadly to cover faith settings. The bill has received its second reading.

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