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Safeguarding is the Responsibility of Us All!

Parish Safeguarding Reps :

Margaret McGrath & Irene Crowder Telephone (01925) 630928

If 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 immediately.

The 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:

Archdiocesan Safeguarding Department      0151 522 1043