Safe Spaces England and Wales (SSEW) is seeking applications from those who have experienced church related abuse to join 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 activities of Safe Spaces England and Wales.
There are four victim or survivor representative roles on the committee, and there is currently one vacancy for a victim or survivor of church related abuse within the Church of England.
We are looking for a representative who:
- Is a victim or survivor of church-related abuse within the Church of England
- Is committed to helping the Church of England and the Catholic Church in England and Wales to fulfil its safeguarding mission through the provision of the Safe Spaces service.
- Has strong inter-personal skills, an ability to listen, engage effectively and work collaboratively
- Can communicate effectively by expressing their own views; work with differing opinions; challenge appropriately
- Can review documents and provide verbal and/or written feedback
- Can work appropriately with confidential information.
- Can commit sufficient time to conduct the role well
This post may involve discussing potentially distressing issues, applicants will need to demonstrate they have the emotional resilience and capacity to undertake this.
Safe Spaces will run for a two-year pilot (until Sept 2022) in the first instance and the representative is expected to commit for that period only.
This is a voluntary position. Honorarium of £125 per meeting + reasonable expenses will be paid in accordance with the National Church Institutions (Church of England) expenses policy.
Proposed interview date: Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th April 2021
More information about Safe Spaces England and Wales:
The Church of England and the Catholic Trust for England and Wales (CaTEW) have come together to commission a new support service for victims and survivors of church related abuse, known as Safe Spaces. Victim Support, a national independent charity, has been contracted to deliver the service.
In order to ensure agile, arms-length oversight and decision-making in connection with the Safe Spaces contract, the Archbishops’ Council (Church of England) and CaTEW have formed a new charitable company, Safe Spaces England and Wales, to manage the contract.
For further information please see attached documents