Safeguarding

All members of the Parish community, especially children and young people are entitled to take a full part in the activities of the parish. It is the responsibility of everyone to ensure that while they do so, they are treated with care and respect and they are kept safe from every kind of abuse and harm. We have a very large number of children and young people taking part in a variety of uniformed organisations and catechetical programmes in the parish.  We also have a large number of older people who receive SVP visits, and Holy Communion in their own homes or sheltered housing.  The Catholic Church takes very seriously this responsibly through the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission.  The Diocese has its own Southwark Safeguarding Commission, and the parish has a Parish Safeguarding Committee.  It is the responsibility of these to implement good practice and policy and to ensure that :

  • Procedures are in place to ascertain the suitability to those who volunteer to offer themselves for any ministry in the church involving children, young people or vulnerable adults.
  • That adequate training in matters relating to the procedures, protection, vulnerability and safety are made available.
  • That guidelines on what to do in cases where allegations or disclosures of vulnerability or abuse have been made.
  • Provide information for children, young people and vulnerable adults of whom they can contact it they are concerned.

All members of the parish are expected to provide an atmosphere in which children, young people and vulnerable adults feel welcomed, affirmed and safe.  They must also be aware of and accept the responsibility we all share for the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable older people.

If you are concerned and need to speak to someone, the parish has a Safeguarding Co-ordinator, whose name and telephone number appears on the Contact Page or speak to one of the priests.  Copies of posters are displayed in all our church buildings with guidelines and telephone numbers displayed.  Copies of policies and guidelines are available from the Parish Office.

Resources
For up to date information and resources to help keep children safe visit The Safe Network website. The Safe Network is jointly managed by the NSPCC and Children England and is the National Safeguarding Unit for the Third Sector. Groups or individuals can register for free and then download lots of really useful information, guidance and templates, including:

  • Child protection
  • Example of a child protection policy
  • Supervision and Regulated Activity briefing
  • Working with children and young people to develop an effective anti-bullying policy
  • How to remain safe on the internet
  • Safe Network Standards – Safeguarding children in the voluntary and community sector
  • Avoiding accidents and running safe activities and events
  • Adult to child ratios for meetings and trips
  • Risk benefit assessment form for an outing or trip
  • Example of a needs form
  • Example of an accident reporting procedure