Independent Chair of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel


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Overview (Optional)

Can you help us continue our vitally important safeguarding journey? This is an opportunity for a confident and experienced leader to help shape culture change around safeguarding provision and practice in the Church of England in Cornwall.


The Independent Chair is a voluntary role that provides leadership of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DSAP) and the Truro Cathedral Safeguarding Committee, helping it to function effectively as it provides strategic oversight to our safeguarding work.

Main Responsibilities

This will involve chairing meetings involving senior clergy, lay representatives statutory partners, as well as the Diocese’s own safeguarding team, and ensuring that the group monitors implementation of action plans.

The Ideal Candidate

You will have relevant senior safeguarding experience, with experience of case reviews, risk management and strategic partnerships. An up to date knowledge of safeguarding practice and legislation is essential. You do not need to be a practising Christian but you do need to have a strong desire and commitment to improving safeguarding practice in the Church of England.

We ask that you commit about 1.5 days per month to the role. We will reimburse you for necessary accommodation and travel expenses, but much of the work can be done from home, especially as meetings are currently online.

About us

The Diocese of Truro is a small and largely rural diocese comprising of over 300 churches in 213 parishes across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It is administered by the team based at Church House is Truro and this includes the Diocesan Safeguarding team.

Truro Cathedral is a vibrant, active church at the physical and spiritual heart of the city, which in a usual year welcomes over 70,000 visitors and is home to a thriving worship community.

More information about both organisations, the role itself and the safeguarding team and its work can be found in the application pack.

If you would like to discuss this role please contact the Head of Safeguarding Sarah Acraman on

Applications for this role are only accepted via this platform.

The deadline for applications is 13 November 2020 at 5pm.

The interviews will be held on 4 December 2020.

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