If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger.
It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased.
If you are in any role within the Clifton Diocese, you must refer allegations directly to the Clifton safeguarding department or religious congregation, or directly to the Police.
If you are a member of the public, please refer allegations directly to the police and also to our safeguarding Co-ordinator Becky Cawsey 0117 954 0993
Our Commitment to Safeguarding:
The Diocese will ensure that any allegations of a safeguarding matter are responded to promptly and liaise openly with statutory authorities to support investigations, responding sensitively and compassionately to those in need, and ensuring perpetrators are held to account.
We affirm our undertaking for the Diocese of Clifton to be a place where all come in confidence, and that they will be cared for and loved by their Christian Community.
Contacting the Clifton Diocesan Safeguarding Team:
Becky Cawsey, Safeguarding Coordinator, 07887 990 385, E mail: email@example.com
Tracey Holford, Safeguarding Officer, 07841 338897, E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma Kayne DBS Administrator & Counter Signatory, E mail email@example.com
Beci Monks. Safeguarding support and administration officer, Email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have information of a safeguarding nature where a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention call the emergency services on 999.
Safeguarding in the Catholic Church in England & Wales:
Working together to safeguard Children 2018 Download PDF
Guidance for conference calls, especially with young people
Below you will find risk assessments and codes of conduct documents that may help if you are using the internet to have meetings with young people in your parish or youth group.
Some of the issues we need to consider are as follows;
- Obtaining parental permission via email
- Register to know who was present at each session, also seeking to ensure that no one that had not been invited is present.
- Two leaders at all times in the Zoom meeting. These leaders should have a current DBS clearance with the Diocese. We are still able to deal with DBS issues, so please do contact us. We would like all Leaders to complete at least 1 of the on line Educare Safeguarding courses. We, the Safeguarding team still provide access to any parishioners / helper who requires it providing we have their email address. You can find details at the foot of this page
- We recommend some scripted starter to the meeting advising against oversharing of personal information ie addresses.
- Leaders to consider how to deal with an unexpected disclosure from one of the participants.
- The Risk Assessment covers some additional elements to take account of and action.
NSPCC (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
Telephone: 0808 800 5000
Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
South West Safeguarding Children Board websites.
These websites are a useful resource to identify local provisions in your Parish. Much of the work focus of the Safeguarding Boards is to ensure there is a focus on early help and intervention. The right help at the right time.
Here you will find information about where and how to report domestic abuse and get help.
Phone the Police
If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police.
If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, call 999 and listen to the questions from the operator and if possible, respond by coughing or tapping the head set.
If prompted, press 55 to Make Yourself Heard and this will transfer your call to the police. (NB Pressing 55 only works on mobiles and does not allow police to track your location.)
When 999 calls are made from landlines, information about your location should be automatically available to the call handlers to help provide a response.
Freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge
0808 200 0247
Live Fear Free helpline (Wales)
0808 80 10 800
Men’s Advice Line
0808 801 0327
Rape Crisis (England and Wales)
0808 802 9999
0808 802 4040
Galop (for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people)
0800 999 5428
Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline
0800 027 1234
Scottish Women’s Aid
0131 226 6606
Women’s Aid Federation (Northern Ireland)
0800 917 1414
Hestia provides a free mobile app, Bright Sky, which provides support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.
Chayn provides online help and resources in a number of languages about identifying manipulative situations and how friends can support those being abused.
Imkaan are a women’s organisation addressing violence against black and minority women and girls.
Southall Black Sisters
Southall Black Sisters offer advocacy and information to Asian and Afro-Caribbean women suffering abuse.
Stay Safe East
Stay Safe East provides advocacy and support services to disabled victims and survivors of abuse.
Shelter provide free confidential information, support and legal advice on all housing and homelessness issues.
Sexual Assault Referral Centres
Sexual Assault Referral Centres provide advice and support services to victims and survivors of sexual assault or abuse.
This service runs on Monday to Friday from 10am – 2pm
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. It is accountable to the Bishop and Trustees.Current members are:-
- Steve Livings (Commission Chair)
- Mary Hopper (Counsellor and Lay Chaplain)
- Rev Richard McKay (Clergy Adviser)
- Andrew Bond (Medical Representative)
- Deacon Paul Brandon (Clergy safeguarding representative)
- Rev Isidore Obi (Canon Lawyer)
- Andrew Gorzynski (Parish Representative)
- Jane Wragg (Care Representative)
- Iris White (Parish Representative)
- Nicola Laird (Bristol LADO)
- Richard Ashby
- Dr Maame Sarfo
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Would your Catechist known how to respond if a child confided in them regarding a Safeguarding matter? Would your Eucharistic Minister be aware of the importance of acting on their suspicions about something they had seen or heard? Would your Parish Safeguarding Rep be confident in dealing with the disclosure from someone in has plucked up the courage to speak out about something. Do you know how to raise and record any concerns
All who work, volunteer or worship within the Catholic Church have access to free Safeguarding training. This is E learning that can be completed in your own home at entirely your own pace. We urge as many people as possible to take advantage of this free training.
Anyone wishing to engage please forward you request to Rebecca.Monks@cliftondiocese.com and Beci will set up the account for you.
Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).
Care act 2014 SCIE guidance to support vulnerable Adults https://www.scie.org.uk/care-act-2014/safeguarding-adults/
Hurt by Abuse
Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with either the Church of England, the Catholic Church of England and Wales or the Church in Wales.
Safer recruitment – including DBS
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Aligned Religious Orders.
The following Religious Orders are aligned to Clifton Diocese for Safeguarding advice:
Abbot Martin MacLaughlin
Tel: 01452 812455
Congregation of the Sisters of Jesus in the Temple
Sr Marie Louise Levern
7 Place de la republique
Tel: 0033 23 25 10 511
Abbot Nicholas Wetz
Tel: 01761 235 119
Sister Hilary White
22 Bristol South End
Tel: 0117 953 3544
Sisters of the Divine Saviour/Salvatorian Sisters
Sr Maria Goretti Comerford
Divine Saviour Convent
Tel: 0117 9413774
Sisters of the Saviour & Blessed Virgin
Sister Jackie Brain
9 Fossett Way
Tel: 01793 740606
Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit
Sister Sujata Sawarimuthu
Tel: 0117 9822431