f you believe that a child or vulnerable adult has suffered or is in immediate risk of suffering significant harm, for example, physical or sexual assault or theft of their property, then you should contact the Police or your Local Social Care Department immediately.
The Archdiocese of Liverpool is committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church. We affirm the One Church approach to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults through the promotion of a sustained and sustainable culture of constant vigilance.
The Church recognises the personal dignity and rights of all vulnerable people towards whom it has a special responsibility. The Church, and individual members of it, undertake to take all the appropriate steps to maintain a safe environment for all and to practice fully and positively Christ’s Ministry towards children, young people and vulnerable adults, and to respond sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm.
The Church authorities will liaise closely with statutory agencies to ensure that any allegations of abuse are promptly and properly investigated and where appropriate, survivors supported and perpetrators held to account.
The Church wishes to ensure that its Parishes and Religious Congregations have the confidence to enable children, young people and vulnerable adults to have peace of mind, knowing they will be cared for and loved by their Christian community.
Police Emergency 999
Other enquiries 101
Archdiocesan Safeguarding Department 0151 522 1043
NSPCC 0808 800 500
Child Line 0800 1111
Stop it Now Helpline 0808 1000 900
Action on Elder Abuse 0808 808 8141
Age UK 0800 169 6565
Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247
Local Social Care Department - Cheshire 0300 123 8123
Parish Safeguarding Representatives Irene Crowder or Margaret McGrath - Telephone: 01925 630928The Parish Safeguarding Representative has special responsibility for promoting good and safe practices in all activities involving children, young people and vulnerable adults within the parish. The Parish Safeguarding Representative is the link between the Parish and the Archdiocese and, as such, is in regular contact with the Archdiocesan Co-ordinator and Administrators. The Representative attends various safeguarding training sessions and has a sound knowledge of the policies and procedures as well as who to contact. The Representative is involved in the recruitment of volunteers to roles within the Parish, and has the responsibility for co-ordinating the DBS procedure at Parish level and ensuring that everybody who is required to go through the procedure does so.
Towards a Culture of SafeguardingThe Church has a responsibility to ensure all those who undertake work in the name of the Church are adequately trained in safeguarding matters. The Catholic Church is dependent on Clergy, Religious and Lay people using their skills and talents to nurture and support the Catholic community. Some will be paid employees, but the majority undertake their work on a voluntary basis. While some will recognise their role as a volunteer, many rightly see their caring and support contribution as part of their Christian responsibility and ministry. But we all have a role to play in safeguarding the young or adults who may be at risk and, it is for this reason, that the Catholic Church in England and Wales has worked with EduCare to bring you an e-learning package that will raise awareness throughout the Catholic Community in our countries. The e-learning package is part of the Church’s commitment to safeguarding, and is available to all members of the Catholic community free of charge.
To see the courses available and how to access them: www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/safeguarding/elearning
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