About

The National Safeguarding Panel provides independent scrutiny and challenge to Church of England safeguarding policies and practices.

The National Safeguarding Panel (NSP) was set up in 2014 to resource the Church of England's leadership with high level strategic advice and to offer guidance on policies and practice in safeguarding, seeking to ensure that the Church of England meets accepted best practice. The work does not include involvement with cases.

Its members include survivors, experts in safeguarding and a member of clergy currently serving in a parish. Church representatives also attend meetings: the lead and deputy lead bishops on safeguarding, representatives of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and the national Director of Safeguarding.

The NSP has appointed an Interim Chair and Vice Chair, until such time as the Church’s future independent safeguarding arrangements are finalised. All independent Panel members were invited to apply for the roles, and the appointments were made by an interview panel that included survivor and professional representation.