1.The Ecclesiastical Committee has met and considered the Safeguarding (Code of Practice) Measure. The Measure was submitted to the Ecclesiastical Committee by the Legislative Committee of the General Synod, along with a Comments and Explanations document. The text of the Measure, and its accompanying Comments and Explanations document, is published online on the Committee’s web pages.
2.In the accompanying Comments and Explanations document, the Legislative Committee explains that the Safeguarding (Code of Practice) Measure amends the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016, replacing the existing statutory duty to “have due regard” to House of Bishops’ safeguarding guidance with provision for a safeguarding code of practice. As well as giving guidance, the code of practice may impose requirements on a “relevant person”, and a relevant person to whom a requirement applies will be obliged to comply with that requirement.
3.In addition, the Measure expands and updates the list of relevant persons, and provides, by way of an amendment to the Churchwardens Measure 2001, a new power for the bishop to suspend a churchwarden who fails to comply with the code of practice.
4.The Committee discussed the Measure with representatives of the General Synod. The transcript of the Committee’s proceedings is published online on the Committee’s web pages.
5.The Committee is of the opinion that the Safeguarding (Code of Practice) Measure is expedient.
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