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The Church of England has completed a second past cases review of more than 75,000 files, some dating back to the 1940s, with the publication on 5 October 2022 of its national Past Cases Review 2 (PCR2) report. Read the full report HERE.

Details of the York Review can be found HERE.

York Minster’s safeguarding policies and procedures can be found below.

Contact details

If you would like to discuss safeguarding at the cathedral or need to report any concerns, you can contact York Minster’s Cathedral Safeguarding Officer using the following details:

Dee Cooley
T: 01904 559542

M: 07843 339980

E: deec@yorkminster.org

The Chapter of York is committed to the protection, safeguarding, care and nurture of all children and vulnerable adults who visit the cathedral.


Below you can find details of our policy and procedures which have been developed in line with guidance from the Church of England. The aim is to ensure a safe environment for everyone who wishes to worship at the cathedral, visit or contribute to its activities.

The York Minster Safeguarding Procedure 2023

This document outlines the procedures you must follow if you have any safeguarding concerns. All staff, volunteers and clergy must be familiar with these procedures.


The York Minster Safeguarding Policy and Guidance 2023

This document summarises the national and local legislation, policies and guidance that we must follow when responding to safeguarding concerns


The York Minster Chorister Safeguarding Policy

This document outlines York Minster's safeguarding procedures in relation to its choristers. This policy was written with St Peter's School, York.


Support for Victims and Survivors of Abuse


Victims and Survivors Charter 

This is our promise to you

​If you have something you want to talk about it is important you feel you:

If you have been the victim of any abuse, contact our safeguarding adviser for advice, help and support.

If you have been the victim of church-based abuse, see the following document: Responding well to victims and survivors of abuse

Part Cases Review 2 (PCR2)

Follow the links for further information. Past Cases Review 2 NSPCC helpline for Children and Adults: 0800 80 20 20


York Minster independent safeguarding audit (December 2018)


Safeguarding Complaints Policy and Procedure 2016

If you would like to make a complaint about how the Chapter of York has handled a safeguarding issue, you can find full details by downloading our policy below.


Further details about safeguarding within the Church of England can be found by using the links below, including information about how to report abuse and find support:


Information for Visiting Bell Ringers

Agreement for Visiting Bell Ringers


Safeguarding Leaflet for Visiting Bell Ringers


Visiting Bell Ringers Information Leaflet


Under 18s Policy for Visiting Bell Ringers


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