What is Safeguarding
Every human being has a value and dignity which we as Catholics acknowledge as coming directly from God’s creation of female and male in his own image and likeness. This implies a duty to value all people and therefore to support them and protect them from harm.
In the Catholic Church this is demonstrated by the provision of carefully planned activities for children, young people and adults; supporting families under stress, care for those hurt by abuse in the past, ministering to and managing those who have caused harm.
It is because of these varied ministries that we need to provide a safe environment for all which promotes and supports their wellbeing. This will include carefully selecting and appointing those who work with children, young people and adults who may be at risk and responding robustly where concerns arise.
Who is responsible for Safeguarding in the Catholic Church?
Everyone has a responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of the young and the vulnerable. In England and Wales overall responsibility sits with the Bishops Conference and Conference of Religious.
What should I do if I think a young or vulnerable person is at risk?
NEVER discuss this with the person who you think maybe a risk.
- If you have witnessed abuse or received an allegation of abuse where a child is in immediate danger you must inform the police or child/adult social care services. You should then inform the Diocesan Safeguarding Co-ordinator that you have done this.
- If you think there is no immediate danger you must report the allegation to the Safeguarding Co-ordinator on 0113 2618069 or 07515 598523 immediately. The Safeguarding co-ordinator will then inform statutory authorities.
- If you think that someone is being groomed discuss the issue with the Safeguarding Co-ordinator who will agree with you what action is to be taken.
What should I do if I want to become a volunteer?
There are a wide range of volunteer roles within parishes including Altar Servers, Catechist, Youth Group Leaders, Eucharistic Ministers, Parish Safeguarding Representatives and many more. To get more information and start the safer recruitment process speak to your Parish Safeguarding Representative and Parish Priest.
You will have to complete a number of forms and discuss the reasons for wanting to become a volunteer. You will not commence voluntary work until you have completed the application process and your appointment has been confirmed.
To register for Safeguarding E-Learning contact firstname.lastname@example.org When registered you will be able to undertake training modules, which are FREE in relation to;
- Child Protection
- Child Protection in Education
- Child Exploitation and Online Safety
- Safeguarding Adults
- Mental Capacity
The safeguarding team is available to provide advice, support whenever it is needed. We are based at Hinsley Hall, 62 Headingley Lane Leeds LS6 2BX
Safeguarding Coordinator – Suzanne Mitchell
Tel: 0113 261 8069 / 07515 598523
Safeguarding Administrator – Joanne Clark
Tel: 0113 261 8046
If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger.
It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased.
If you are in any role within the Catholic Church in England and Wales, you must refer allegations directly to the safeguarding office for your diocese or religious congregation, or directly to the Police.
If you are a member of the public, please refer allegations directly to the police and also to the safeguarding office in your diocese, Suzanne Mitchell 0113 261 8069 or email@example.com. You can also contact CSAS by telephoning 0207 901 1920 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org