Churches Together in England is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee, whose objectives (“the Objects”) are defined as the advancement of the Christian Religion in accordance with its statement of faith, the relief of poverty and the advancement of education and any other purposes which are charitable according to the law of England and Wales. 

The charity seeks (within its general objectives) to be a visible sign of the churches’ commitment to one another, in obedience to our Lord’s Prayer “that they may all be one. As you, Father are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me”. (John 17:21). 

Churches Together in England is the national ecumenical instrument supporting and encouraging churches from a wide range of traditions to work together in unity. 

This policy is made in accordance with CTE’s vision and mission, to enable all members of CTE’s member churches and Bodies in Association to take a full part in its mission and unity work and activities. CTE has a responsibility to promote the wellbeing and safety of all people it comes into contact with and believes that it is always unacceptable for a person to experience abuse or neglect of any kind. CTE is committed to practice that protects vulnerable adults from harm and recognises its duty to ensure that at any event organised by or on behalf of CTE appropriate action is taken if a vulnerable adult is experiencing harm or is at risk of harm. 

CTE’s events are open only to people aged 18 and over, so safeguarding of children is not included in CTE’s policy.

The CTE Safeguarding Lead is Ben Cross (Staff member), who acts as the Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO). 

The Deputy CTE Safeguarding Lead is Maddy Thomson (Trustee), who acts as the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer (Deputy DSO), and Board-Level Lead for Safeguarding.