Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I think a child or adult who is vulnerable is at risk or being harmed?
If a child or adult who is vulnerable is in immediate danger you must contact the Police.
If you have other concerns and there is no immediate danger, please contact the safeguarding office on 0113 261 8069 / 07515 598523
Are you or someone you know troubled by abuse?
We are here to help. We will do all we can to listen to you and support you to find the help you need. You can speak to us without giving your personal details.
If you have been abused in childhood the prospect of speaking out now may be frightening. You may feel that:
- Your concerns would not be taken seriously
- You are worried that you may not be believed
- You feel that it may cause problems for your family
- You feel ashamed
- You are afraid you will be blamed
- You feel that it may damage your relationships in the Church
You are not to blame for what happened to you. You will be listened to and your concerns will be taken seriously and acted upon as necessary. Please contact the safeguarding coordinator on 0113 261 8069 / 07515 598523
How do I get involved in parish activities for children and vulnerable adults?
There are many ways that you can help your parish. The safeguarding team undertake the safe recruitment of volunteers working with children and adults who are vulnerable within the Diocese, including Disclosure and Barring checks (formally known as CRB checks) if required.
For more information please contact your local parish or the safeguarding office on 0113 261 8069 / 07515 598523
What are the safeguarding policies for the Diocese of Leeds?
We follow the ‘one church’ approach to safeguarding as set out nationally. The safeguarding team promotes the safeguarding policies and procedures throughout the Diocese. They can be found a here http://www.csasprocedures.uk.net
These procedures provide detailed guidance about:
- How to report concerns about possible abuse of a child or vulnerable person.
- How activities involving children and /or vulnerable adults must be arranged and run.
- Safer recruitment.
- Codes of conduct.
- Overview of relevant legislation
And much more…
Any enquiries about any aspect of the national policies and procedures can be addressed to the office on 0113 261 8046/8069 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
What safeguarding training is available?
Parish/Community Safeguarding Training
If you have a role working with children, young people or adults who may be vulnerable, if you are a parent or a member of the Catholic community free online training is available. It is essential that all those who undertake work in the name of the Church are aware of safeguarding matters and know what they can do to protect children, young people and adults who may be vulnerable.
Please download the brochure to see the courses available and how to access them.
What do I need to do to access this training resource?
- Email email@example.com register your interest.
- Your email should contain your name, email address, the name of your parish/order/congregation, and your role. For example: Priest, Member of the Religious, Safeguarding Representative, Youth Worker, Teacher, SVP or Other Volunteers, Parent/Grandparent/Guardian, or Other.
- On receipt of your email the safeguarding administrator will register your email address with EduCare.
- You will receive a Welcome Email from EduCare where you will set your password
Parish safeguarding representatives, clergy and members of religious communities have specialised training for their role as stated in the CSAS procedures.
We can also offer advice workshops/ training for groups and parishes if requested.
If you are interested please contact the Safeguarding Team firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the Safeguarding Commission?
The safeguarding work undertaken within the Diocese of Leeds, and for the aligned religious congregations is overseen by a Safeguarding Commission. The Commission includes representatives from various organisations both Statutory and Voluntary, as well as those with roles in the Church.
Pat McDermott – Chair of Leeds Catholic Safeguarding Commission
Abigail Clay – Safeguarding Children Lead
Sharon Costello – Adult at Risk Lead
Sr Maria Crowley – Safeguarding Lead – Religious
Mgr Paul Fisher – Vicar General
Bernadette Cawley – Legal Specialist
Lucy Nicholson – Manager National Probation Service, Leeds
Canon John Aveyard – Clergy Safeguarding Lead
Joanne Clark – Minute Taker
Suzanne Mitchell – Safeguarding Coordinator