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Who are we

The ISB has been founded and supported by the Archbishops Council and the initial vision was for the ISB to be tasked to work with the Council to develop the initial model and advise on how the roles of the ISB should evolve.

We exist to ensure the CofE delivers its safeguarding responsibilities. We also provide independent oversight of the National Safeguarding Team (NST)

We act without fear or favour to help the Church to improve, and maintain improvement in, safeguarding policy and practice.

We are an arms-length body, similar to national organisations which are funded by government such as Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs)


As local authorities, police services and health commissioning bodies fund safeguarding partnerships in localities, the Archbishops’ Council funds us. Localities’ partnerships are independent of all involved agencies even if they fund the work. Similarly, CofE funding will not prevent us doing our job.

We are here:
• To ensure safeguarding, including preventive work, is done as a matter of course
• To ensure the CofE makes timely responses to our challenges and advice and recommendations ;
• To involve safeguarding failures’ survivors in the ISB’s activity;
• To provide or withhold assurance that the NST works in a timely fashion, without bias, and
reaches clear conclusions communicated to the appropriate persons and bodies.

We will speak publicly where we find failure, delay, or the denial of justice.
We launched in January 2022 and Phase 1 closes at the end of 2023.
We use clear evidence to showcase good practice, and to challenge where best practice is still not the norm.
All our work relies on evidence from survivors/victims and those who are alleged of abuse, and from those working in dioceses and communities in safeguarding roles.
The ISB is in regular contact with the NST which it oversees, the NSSG and the NSP. As appropriate, members will attend and speak at the Archbishops’ Council, House of Bishops, Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers’ development days or meetings, and Synod.

Our full Terms of Reference are here.


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Our Latest Blog

Synod, the National Safeguarding Panel (NSP) and the ISB: in the Hall and on the Fringe

Welcome to the ISB’s first blog post, this will be one of many blogs to keep you posted and updated with the work of the ISB.   The ISB is funded by the Archbishops Council, however, the Council cannot direct the ISB’s activity, where or when it works, what it says or publishes, we are independent and will always seek to act without fear or favour. This is the start of a journey and we welcome the support of the Archbishops Council whose vision is our responsibility to actualise.   Whilst we have and continue to work to develop this significant vision, we have been listening to many and

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