1) Support for Parish Safeguarding Representatives and Parishes
Supporting the safeguarding representative in their role in parishes which aims to ensure that:
- Everyone involved in running activities involving children and vulnerable adults is familiar with the safeguarding procedures.
- Everyone is aware if the importance of keeping children and vulnerable safe from harm
- All volunteers have been carefully recruited and checked in accordance with Diocesan and National guidelines
The safeguarding resource pack outlines the safeguarding policies and procedures for the Diocese of Leeds which apply to all children and vulnerable adult activities.
Training is available for those undertaking roles in the Church which involve children and vulnerable adults. For further details please contact the safeguarding office
3) Disclosure and Barring Service
DBS checks are carried out for all the clergy, parish safeguarding representatives, volunteers involved with children and vulnerable adults and, where relevant, paid staff. DBS disclosure applications for other Catholic organisations that have an agreement with the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service are also processed at the Diocesan Safeguarding Office. If you would like more information, please contact the safeguarding office.
4) Safeguarding Assessment and Planning
This is targeted safeguarding which involves assessing individual risk and making safeguarding plans in partnership with statutory authorities.
5) Support and help for people who have experienced or been affected by abuse.
The safeguarding co-ordinator provides a sensitive and confidential service for people who have experienced or have been affected by abuse. Further information is also available on the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service website www.csas.net. On the Resources page, click the word here in the sentence: ‘to locate support and guidance click here.’
6) Diocese of Leeds Safeguarding Commission
The commission is accountable to the Bishop and to the Diocesan Trustees and has regulatory, advisory and supportive functions. It exists to discharge these functions at a strategic level in all matters relating to child protection in the Diocese. It comprises of 9 member details of which can be found on the commission page.