How is Safe Spaces commissioned?
The charitable company ‘Safe Spaces England and Wales’ (SSEW) has contracted Victim Support to deliver the Safe Spaces service as a two-year pilot from September 2020 – September 2022.
SSEW was formed by the Archbishops’ Council (Church of England) and the Catholic Church in England and Wales to ensure arms-length oversight and decision-making in connection with the project.
SSEW is chaired by an Independent Chair (subject to recruitment) with 4 other directors (two from each of the churches).
SSEW Directors provide strategic direction and oversight. They are legally responsible for the activities of SSEW, and hold decision making responsibility for the company.
The SSEW Directors are supported by the Safe Spaces Advisory Committee (SSAC). The SSAC is a group that brings together key stakeholder representatives from the Church of England and the Catholic Church in England and Wales to provide operational advice in connection with the day to day activities of SSEW, which the directors may factor into their decision making. The SSAC consists of:
- Survivor representatives from each of the churches
- Safeguarding professionals
- Legal advisors
- Financial advisors
- Communications advisors
Who are the SSEW Directors?
Dr Jamie Harrison, member of the Archbishops’ Council, Chair of the House of Laity (Church of England)
Rt Rev Paul Mason, Bishop of the Forces (Catholic Church of England and Wales)
Paul McCallum, Chief Operating Officer, Archdiocese of Southwark (Catholic Church of England and Wales)
Rt Rev Debbie Sellin, Bishop of Southampton (Acting chair) (Church of England)
How is the Safe Spaces service, and the charitable company SSEW funded?
The funding for the Safe Spaces two year pilot service came from the Archbishops’ Council (Church of England) the Catholic Church in England and Wales, and the Allchurches Trust. SSEW receives additional funding from the Archbishops’ Council and the Catholic Church in England and Wales to cover the basic running costs of the charitable company.
How is the Safe Spaces service overseen by SSEW, and how is the service evaluated?
Representatives from the Church of England National Safeguarding Team (NST) and the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) are part of the Safe Spaces Advisory Committee. These representatives meet regularly with Victim Support on behalf of SSEW directors as part of the contact monitoring process.
SSEW Directors meet with the Safe Spaces Advisory Committee regularly to review data and reports regarding the Safe Spaces service.
SSEW is appointing independent evaluators for the Safe Spaces pilot who will provide regular updates to the board. The final evaluation report will be published.
More information about how service complaints are managed can be found here.
How can I find out more about safeguarding in the Church of England and the Catholic Church in England and Wales?
More information about safeguarding and the Church of England can be found here.
More information about safeguarding and the Catholic Church in England and Wales can be found here.