During the Covid-19 lockdown, despite the cathedral being closed, our safeguarding team are still working and can be contacted in the same way as normal if required.

Church of England Safeguarding FAQs during COVID-19

We have compiled a list of well being resources to support our community during Coronavirus which can be accessed here.

Chapter has appointed, Chris Milton, as the Designated Safeguarding Lead to monitor and promote sound safeguarding practice throughout the cathedral. Chris is a member of the cathedral’s Safeguarding Management Group which meets regularly to discuss safeguarding issues. Contact Chris on 01432 374 200 or [email protected]

Lay-canon and Chapter member, Barbara Gratton is the Safeguarding Lead for Chapter and holds an advisory position giving guidance and support to Chapter and the wider cathedral community.  She has a background in social work and is a member of the Safeguarding Management Group. Barbara can be contacted via email [email protected]

Amanda (Mandy) McPhee is the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser for the Diocese of Hereford and Hereford Cathedral. She provides advice, information and support and liaises with both voluntary and statutory bodies. Her role within the cathedral is to advise the Safeguarding Leads on all aspects of safeguarding relating to both children and adults and to ensure appropriate procedures are followed. Mandy attends and contributes to the Safeguarding Management Group. Contact Mandy on, 01746 785168 or [email protected]

Mandy is also contactable via mobile for any out of hours incidents or concerns, please call 07875 757 396, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Lorraine Cave is employed as Safeguarding Officer at the cathedral. She is responsible for day to day aspects of safeguarding at the cathedral and ensures that all concerns are reported in accordance with cathedral procedures. She also acts as HR Officer and ensures that Safer Recruitment is applied to all cathedral staff appointments. Lorraine is a member of the Safeguarding Management Group and is responsible for taking minutes of meetings. Lorraine can be contacted on 01432 374254 or [email protected]

The cathedral has appointed David Owen as Volunteer Liaison Officer; he coordinates the cathedral volunteers and ensures that Safer Recruitment is applied to all voluntary appointments. David is also a member of the Safeguarding Management Group and can be contacted via email [email protected].


The Chapter of Hereford Cathedral is committed to:

  • A respectful Christian ministry that ensures the pastoral care and nurture of all children, young people and adults.
  • The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and vulnerable adults who have contact with the cathedral.
  • The establishing of a safe, caring community that provides a loving environment in which there is a culture of informed vigilance as to the possibility and dangers of abuse.

We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibility in the cathedral community, in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of criminal records disclosures and registration with the relevant vetting and barring scheme.

We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, cooperating with the police and local authority in any investigation.

We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.

We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone who is in a position of trust.

We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of the cathedral community who is known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.

In all these principles we will follow current legislation, guidance and recognised best practice.

A copy of our complete safeguarding policy can be downloaded here.

Independent Safeguarding Audit by SCIE September 2019

In line with all other cathedrals and dioceses, Hereford Cathedral was audited by the Social Care Institute for Excellence on behalf of the Church of England, to review its provision and procedures for the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults in and around the cathedral. To download the report on these findings please click the link below.

Independent Safeguarding Audit by SCIE September 2019 (pdf download)

Chapter has prepared an Safeguarding Action Plan to show how those areas highlighted by the audit will be addressed. To download the action plan please click the link below.

Hereford Cathedral Action Plan in response to the Safeguarding Audit conducted by the SCIE (pdf download)