Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding Children

 
Pope Francis 02.02.15       Church must rid itself of the scourge of child sexual abuse 
 
Pope Francis has sent a letter to the Presidents of Episcopal Conferences and Superiors of Institutes of
Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life to ask for their complete co-operation with the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, in order to insure that everything possible is done to rid the Church of "the scourge" of the sexual abuse of children.
 
Families need to know that the Church is making every effort to protect their children. They should also know that they have every right to turn to the Church with full confidence, for it is a safe and secure home. Consequently, priority must not be given to any other kind of concern, whatever its nature, such as the desire to avoid scandal, since there is absolutely no place in ministry for those who abuse minors.
 
May the Lord Jesus instil in each of us, as ministers of the Church, the same love and affection for the little ones which characterized his own presence among us, and which in turn enjoins on us a particular responsibility for the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. May Mary Most Holy, Mother of tenderness and mercy, help us to carry out, generously and thoroughly, our duty to humbly acknowledge and repair past injustices and to remain ever faithful in the work of protecting those closest to the heart of Jesus.
 
 
The Goddard Inquiry
 
 The Catholic Church in England and Wales has welcomed the independent inquiry
 
into child sexual abuse, led by Justice Lowell Goddard, and has set up a council to
 
assist the inquiry in its deliberations.
 
 This Council will support the numerous organisations that make up the Catholic
 
Church in England and Wales and will speak with and for the Church. It will ensure
 
that the evidence required by the Inquiry is collated appropriately.
 
The Church is committed to the safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults and
 
following two independent inquiries both Dioceses and Religious Orders are
 
committed to following nationally agreed guidelines and robust policies to promote safeguarding. All allegations of
 
abuse are immediately reported to the police and the Church co-operates fully with any subsequent investigation by
 
 the statutory authorities.
 

Contact

Fr Christopher Thomas
General Secretary, CBCEW

christopher.thomas@cbcew.org.uk 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"Every human being has a value and dignity which we as Catholics acknowledge as coming directly from God's creation of male and female in His own image and likeness.This implies a duty to value all people and therefore to support them and protect them from harm.

As a parish, we share a responsibility for safeguarding and protecting the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults in our community."
 
Tonia Oldham
Parish Safeguarding Representative

Following the release of "Safeguarding with Confidence", the report of the Cumberledge Commission in 2007, a National Catholic Safeguarding Commission was established. The Commission oversees and manages the work of the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS). The CSAS is responsible for developing, supporting and implementing the national safeguardinf policies and procedures at Diocesan level through a Safeguarding Co-ordinator.

The Diocese of Nottingham Safeguarding Co-ordinator is John Creedon.

Our parish safeguarding representative is Tonia Oldham.

If you would like to become a volunteer within the parish in a role that is likely to bring you into contact with children or vulnerable adults then you will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check). Tonia will help you fill in all the relevant paperwork.

If you have a concern about a particular situation or person you can contact Tonia or Fr John to discuss it, in confidence.