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Church of England Clergy Advocates (CECA)

Created on 18 Jul 2016
Updated on 14 Feb 2022
Approved by Moderator 08 Feb 2017
Edited/updated by Resource Provider on 07 Feb 2017

The faith workers’ branch of Unite the Union is open to any person working for a faith organisation in any capacity, although in practice it has tended to mostly be used by those in ministry – paid or otherwise.

It works through sub-groups according to denomination or faith and the largest single such group within it is the Church of England Clergy Advocates (CECA), formed in 2012, responding to the very particular conditions of service that apply to the clergy of the Church of England.

The faith workers branch generally has a team of trained reps to support our members through difficult times, complaints and disciplinary hearings. Members also have access to Unite's legal and other services.

Branch Helpline - 0333 123 0021.

The Branch helpline is open to all faith workers whether members or not for initial queries - but non-members can only be given general informal advice and there are also limits to the support that can be given to members for problems that pre-date joining.

The current chair of CECA is Revd Pete Hobson who can be contacted on peter.hobson@unitetheunion.org

The current chair of the Branch is Revd Ruth Oates

To join, click on the Join Now link which will take you through the process.   Subscriptions vary according to income, but for full-time workers membership is £16.25/month. 


4 11 May 2017

If someone is facing any disciplinary procedure or struggling with such issues as bullying or discrimination, it is really helpful to have someone in your corner who can support and advise you and who will make sure that the church hierarchy will stick to the proper procedures. For example, under the Anglican Clergy Disciplinary Measure, it is very easy for someone to find that a complaint has been made against them and that their archdeacon and bishop cannot give them the pastoral support that they need, as they are the ones doing the investigation. The Faith Workers Branch has Accredited Reps who can give really valuable support at times of great vulnerability.

5 07 Feb 2017

When I faced a malicious complaint having behaved perfectly properly in reporting an individual for abuse the support I received from Unite saved my ministry, my family and probably my life. I got little or no help helppr support from my denomination.