What is Safeguarding?

“Being loved and being kept safe go to the very core of the Church’s Ministry to children and vulnerable adults.  The work of safeguarding has to be seen within the overall mission of the Church.  As she seeks to protect the vulnerable and weak, the Church needs to ‘act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God’.  (Micah 6:8).

It is a ministry of love and healing and seeks justice for all”.
The Cumberlege Commission 2007

The parish recognises and follows the CSAS (Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service) policies and procedures and there is a rigorous process to ensure the best safeguarding practice.

In cases of emergency, or where there is an immediate threat to vulnerable people, then you should contact the police or social services. If you have any other safeguarding concern then please contact either one of the Diocesan Safeguarding Team or our Parish Safeguarding Representative.

Our Parish Safeguarding Representative is Iris White, who may be contacted at psr.cheltenham.sacredhearts@cliftondiocese.com.

Safeguarding in the Clifton Diocese

The Diocese has a Safeguarding Commission chaired by an Independent lay person with extensive experience in working with children and vulnerable adults. Other members of the Commission come from a range of relevant professional backgrounds such as Social Care, the Police, Health, Probation and Clergy. The Commission oversees and guides the work of the Safeguarding Team, ensuring the correct implementation of Policy and Procedures.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator can be contacted on 0117 954 0993 or liam.ring@cliftondiocese.com.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Officer can be contacted on 0117 954 0993 or becky.cawsey@cliftondiocese.com.

Further information about safeguarding within the diocese may be found at www.cliftondiocese.com.

National Catholic Safeguarding Commission

The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) was formed in July 2008 following the acceptance, by the Bishops Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) and the Conference of Religious of England and Wales (CoR), of the recommendations in the Cumberlege Commission Report “Safeguarding with Confidence” (July 2007).

Further information about the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission can be found at www.catholicsafeguarding.org.uk.

Safeguarding in the Catholic Church in England & Wales

The Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service is responsible for driving and supporting improvements in practice throughout the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Its primary role is one of co-ordination, advice and support in respect of safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk across the Church.

The Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) was established in 2007 following acceptance by the Conference of Bishops and Conference of Religious of the Cumberlege Commission Report, “Safeguarding with Confidence”. CSAS reports to and provides expert advice to the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission on all safeguarding matters. CSAS provides support, advice and coordination to the twenty eight Safeguarding Commissions across England and Wales and their respective safeguarding offices.

Further information about Safeguarding in the Catholic Church in England & Wales can be found at www.csas.uk.net.

 

ANTI-SLAVERY PARTNERSHIP

Clifton Diocese is a member of the Anti-slavery Partnership, which is a multi-agency group jointly chaired by Bristol City Council, Avon and Somerset Police and the charity Unseen.

The partnership helps prevent slavery and exploitation and supports victims by raising awareness, sharing information and referring people who have been trafficked for help. The Church is often one of the few places traffickers will allow their victims to attend and as such we are in a unique position to help identify victims, report such cases and offer pastoral  support.

Towards a Culture of Safeguarding

The 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. Whilst 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.

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?

1. Email safeguarding@cliftondiocese.com to register your interest.

2. 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.

3. On receipt of your email the safeguarding administrator will register your email address with EduCare.

4. You will receive a Welcome Email from EduCare where you will set your password.