At Scripture Union, keeping children safe is of paramount importance, and the need to provide adequate care for children and young people is at the forefront of any event planning

For full details of our safeguarding policy please download the document below.

Other useful contacts:

We deliver our safeguarding policy with Thirtyone:eight (formally CCPAS) (T: 0845 120 45 50)

Childline may also be a helpful contact (T: 0800 1111)

National Whistleblowing Advice Line (T: 0800 028 0285)

Counselling support

Scripture Union partners with the Church of England to provide independent counselling support for alleged victims/survivors of abuse by John Smyth.

Scripture Union is deeply disturbed by news reports of abuse of boys and young men by John Smyth. Since these events were reported in the media we have discovered that John Smyth was a trustee of Scripture Union from 1971 to 1979. That such abuse should have been committed by an individual connected to Scripture Union is a matter of profound and sincere regret for us and something for which we apologise wholeheartedly. Details of independent counselling support and how to access it can be found here.

Scripture Union understands that the Hampshire Police have concluded their criminal investigation into the abuse without bringing charges against anyone but that civil proceedings against a third party are now pending.  Scripture Union is not aware of the detail of these proceedings or when they are likely to be concluded.  When they are concluded, Scripture Union will arrange an independent review with a view to endeavouring to learn lessons from its connection with John Smyth and ensuring that these lessons are reflected in its safeguarding policies and practices.

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