An independent safeguarding audit has revealed strong leadership and concerted efforts toward safeguarding within the Diocese of Truro and Truro Cathedral.

Implemented by INEQE Safeguarding Group in late 2023 and early 2024, the audit found that the Bishop of St Germans and the Dean of Truro have effected a clear focus on safeguarding throughout the diocese.

The audit underscored the Diocesan Safeguarding Team’s value, applauding the team for its competence and earning the confidence of those within the diocese.

The report's authors said: "Strengths in Truro’s current safeguarding arrangements are evident at both a strategic and operational level.

"These have been built upon the foundations of focused leadership, the expertise and commitment of the DSO / DST and the maintenance of strong links with statutory partners. "

The Very Revd Simon Robinson, Dean of Truro, said: "Safeguarding is about the very heart of God who wants everyone to flourish and grow.

"I welcome this audit process and this report."

Rt Revd Hugh Nelson, acting Bishop of Truro, and Bishop of St Germans, said: "Safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do.

"There is more to do now, and we are already working to implement the report recommendations."

The Truro Diocesan safeguarding advisory panel's independent chair, Justine Hosking, said: "This great result shows what a dedicated safeguarding team can achieve when they listen and work together with their church community.”

The report illustrated the organisation’s consistent commitment towards creating a safety-focused culture, which was echoed by the worshipping community.

The majority of the community feels safe in their parishes, labelling them as 'inclusive', 'happy', and 'nurturing'.

The report also acknowledged how certain areas could be strengthened and improved.

Bishop Hugh said: "While the report speaks positively about much that is happening in the diocese; we know there is a long way to go and that there is no place for complacency with safeguarding."

In conducting the audit, 382 documents were reviewed, and 30 interviews were held with various stakeholders.

The report's recommendations are already being implemented to continue the progress in safeguarding throughout dioceses.