Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

The Diocese of Chelmsford is committed, as part of the Christian Church living in the spirit of the Gospel, to protect and care for everyone and we aim to be a beacon of best practice in safeguarding. Looking the other way is not an option.

  • Ensuring that its volunteers, clergy, advisers and lay people achieve the standards laid down in the Safeguarding Policies of the Church of England.
  • Working with individuals who have criminal convictions, or where other safeguarding risks are identified, to ensure that they, and all members of the church community are safeguarded.
  • Holding to account all persons responsible for the safety and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults in the Diocese.

If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger, or requires immediate medical attention, call the emergency services on 999.  Do not delay.

To contact your local police station to report a non-emergency crime please call 101.

To speak to the Diocesan Duty Safeguarding Advisor about a new safeguarding concern please call: 01245 29 44 44.  Please do not use this number for queries about DBS checks, e-learning, training or safer recruitment issues, instead please click on the relevant below links call and if you are not able to locate the answer to your query, please click on the link to the Safeguarding Contacts below and telephone either the Safeguarding Assistant or Safeguarding Administrator. 
If we cannot answer your call straight away please leave an answerphone message with your phone number so that we can call you back. 

Please click on the below links to be taken to the relevant Safeguarding page:

Safer use of Technology during Covid-19:

Please see the below website links for more information regarding using techonology, i.e. Zoom, to communicate with others during Covid-19, to ensure the safety of all who are using these platforms: - Video Conferencing for Youth Work – Keeping children safe online – safe use of Zoom

If you cannot find the information that you are looking for please contact the DST (Diocesan Safeguarding Team) by emailing or calling 01245 294490.

We are currently running a skeleton service in our offices at the moment, due to Covid-19, therefore it is recommended that you email us with any general queries, unless you have an urgent Safeguarding Concern or Allegation to report and all advice regarding this and other queries, including online training and enrolment keys can be found within the relevant sections of this website.

For more information please contact Laura Tyler / Lynda Saunders
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The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are asking for your prayers as the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has recently finished its hearing into matters in the Diocese of Chichester. Please pray for all those involved, and for all affected by safeguarding issues.

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Independent Audit of Safeguarding

An independent audit of safeguarding in the Diocese of Chelmsford was conducted by SCIE in April 2017. This was part of a national programme of audits.

Read the diocesan response to the report.

And the report in full.