TOWARDS A SAFER CHURCH - Listening service for adult survivors of abuse


With Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser Ruth Rogan

We offer a confidential listening service to all survivors of abuse, particularly those who have experienced abuse within the church environment.

Our professionally trained Authorised Listeners are available to support adults who need a confidential space to consider the issues they may be facing as a result of abuse. The service is free, and all Listeners have skills and experience in:

  • Counselling;
  • Managing sensitive and difficult information;
  • Assessing and identifying needs for specialist support, and knowing where to find such support;
  • Safeguarding children and adults at risk.
  • They are also familiar with the church environment.

If you have been abused, particularly within the church, or if you know of someone who has been abused, this service is available for you. If you feel the time is right to ‘tell your story’, and have it witnessed and believed, you can talk to one of our Authorised Listeners.

A Listener will offer three sessions. Together with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, they can also help and support you should you want to report your abuse to the police or your local authority – particularly if you have never done this before. If, as a result of being listened to, you decide you need ongoing counselling, the Listener and Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser will be able to put this in place for you. To access this service, please contact Ruth Rogan (contact details below). Alternatively, talk to a member of the clergy who can make contact with me on your behalf.

Further information can be found on

This listening service is a small step. We know there is more we can do, and we want to do more. We would like to develop our responses in partnership with survivors, so if you are an adult survivor of abuse, and have views about how the Diocese can respond appropriately and sensitively to your needs, please do get in touch.
07825 167 016

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