About our Safeguarding Policy

The Safeguarding Policy and its associated guidelines are intended to protect children and vulnerable adults in the Cathedral and community.  By ‘safeguarding’ we mean the welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults whilst they are visiting, volunteering or working for the Cathedral. 

SCIE Report

The Chapter of Ripon Cathedral welcomes the report prepared on the cathedral’s safeguarding systems by the auditors from the Social Care Institute for Excellence. Whilst valuing the questions they raise for Chapter to consider, we are pleased to note that the auditors judge the safeguarding leadership of the cathedral to be strong and say that safeguarding is becoming increasingly embedded in the culture of the cathedral. We have developed our action plan in the light of the SCIE report and the action plan may be found here.


Our policy embodies the principles enshrined in the Church of England’s House of Bishops’ Policy Statements which are attached to this policy

This Policy Statement on Safeguarding in the Cathedral was adopted by the Chapter of Ripon Cathedral at its meeting held on 14th March 2019.

Each person who works within this Cathedral will agree to abide by these recommendations and the guidelines established by this Cathedral. Chapter has appointed:

Safeguarding Representative: Canon Ailsa Newby canonailsa@riponcathedral.org.uk 07527 451035

Safeguarding Co-ordinator: Julia Barker juliabarker@riponcathedral.org.uk

Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor: safeguarding@leeds.anglican.org or 0113 353 0257

The application of this policy will be reviewed each year and a report provided by the Safeguarding Representative and Safeguarding Co-ordinator to Chapter. This was last reviewed in its meeting on 24th May 2022.


NSPCC: 0808 800 5000

Childline: 0800 1111

Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900

NAPAC: 0808 801 0331

Samaritans: 116 123

Family Lives: 0808 800 2222

National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247

Respect Phoneline: 0808 802 4040

National Careline: 0800 0699 784

Safe Spaces – A service for victims and survivors of church-related abuse

Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service for anyone who has experienced abuse in relation to the Church of England, the Church in Wales, or the Catholic Church of England and Wales. This could be abuse by someone who holds any role in the church or is linked to participating in a church-led activity or group.

If you have been affected, however long ago, Safe Spaces can provide you with support. You do not have need to have told the police or the church authorities, and you do not have to still be involved with the church. Your information will not be shared without your consent, unless you or someone else is in immediate danger.   Safe Spaces can provide a range of help, including advocating with authorities and other agencies, giving emotional support, providing information (including information on church and police procedures), understanding your needs and working together on individual support plans.

Tel: 0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times)
Email: safespaces@victimsupport.org.uk
LiveChat – via the Safe Spaces website

Safeguarding Complaints

Ripon Cathedral aims to ensure that all safeguarding concerns are dealt with carefully and in line with the National Practice Guidance.  We are committed to promoting a safer culture in the cathedral and regular training is undertaken by all clergy, officers and volunteers.

If for any reason that standard is not reached and a complaint is received, then we view that as an opportunity to learn and improve our practices.

If you are not satisfied with the handling of a safeguarding concern, please use this procedure, https://www.riponcathedral.org.uk/complaints-procedure/ but please note, that the procedure is not a process for the resolution of safeguarding concerns or allegations.  These should be reported to the Cathedral Safeguarding Representative Canon Ailsa on canonailsa@riponcathedral.org.uk or 07527451035 or contact the diocese on 0113 3530257

It is important to note that disclosures, concerns or allegations about abuse should always be referred to the Cathedral Safeguarding Adviser. If you are concerned that a child or adult is at immediate risk of harm, please contact the Police on 101 or your local Social Services team.  Any other safeguarding concerns should be reported to the Cathedral Safeguarding Representative.

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