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Diocesan Safeguarding Department

 

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

Our Commitment to Safeguarding:

‘The Diocese of  Clifton is committed to Safeguarding as an integral  part of the life and ministry of the Church. 

Supported by and in compliance with the policies and procedures of the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service of England and Wales, we are striving towards a culture of safeguarding where all are safe from harm and abuse and where everyone is encouraged and enabled  to enjoy the fullness  of life In Jesus Christ through the prayerful, nurturing, supportive and protective endeavours of the Catholic Community, both individually and collectively. 

Our commitment applies to everyone who  within the diocese. That is Clergy, Religious, employees, seminarians, volunteers and agencies operating within the Diocese.

We aim to be a place of welcome, where each person is respected and loved, and in which everyone receives and shares their unique gifts. We seek to support and protect each other, recognising that particular care may be needed for those who maybe vulnerable because of age, disability, illness or who may be vulnerable  because of past or current experiences.

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 ŵill be cared for and loved by their Christian  Community.

Other support:

You may wish to contact one of these 24-hour helplines to report abuse

 

  • NSPCCChild Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
  • Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic 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.
  • Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).

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Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) Policies and Procedures Manual

Diocesan Safeguarding Department

 

The Catholic Church of England and Wales, the Bishops and Religious Congregational Leaders are committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church and affirm a ‘One Church’ approach to safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk through the promotion of a sustained culture of constant vigilance. The ‘best interests’ or ‘paramount chief principle’, which underpins and is enshrined in child and adult protection legislation, shall be the primary consideration in all matters of safeguarding.  The One Church approach refers to the commitment by the Church in England and Wales to using the same policies, procedures, standards and systems in relation to safeguarding. 

This manual contains the National Procedures to be followed by all those involved with responding to concerns or allegations of abuse about a child or adult within the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

National Safeguarding Policies and Procedures

NCSC policy statement :

Every human being has a value which we acknowledge as coming directly from God’s creation of male and female in his own image and likeness. We believe therefore that all people should be valued, supported and protected from harm. We recognise the personal dignity and rights of vulnerable people towards whom the Church has a special responsibility. The Catholic Church and its individual members will undertake appropriate steps to maintain a safe environment for all, by practising fully and positively Christ’s Ministry towards children, young people and adults and responding sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm. This is demonstrated by the provision of carefully planned activities for children, young people and adults, caring for those hurt by abuse and ministering to and robustly managing those who have caused harm. The Catholic Church of England and Wales, the Bishops and Religious Congregational Leaders are committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church and affirm a ‘One Church’ approach to safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk through the promotion of a sustained culture of constant vigilance. The ‘best interests’ or ‘paramount chief principle’, which underpins and is enshrined in child and adult protection legislation, shall be the primary consideration in all matters of safeguarding. This ‘One Church’ approach should also be adopted by lay associations of the faithful ministering to children and adults at risk in the name of the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church has in place a National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC), which is an independent body working within the framework of the Church in England and Wales. It is mandated by the Conference of Bishops and Conference of Religious Congregations and has accountability across Dioceses and Religious Congregations to ensure that standards are met and policies are implemented. Established in 2008, the NCSC sets the strategic direction of the Church’s safeguarding policy for children, young people and adults at risk. It is also responsible for developing quality assurance processes which includes monitoring and auditing the compliance of the Church with safeguarding procedures. The NCSC is leading on the development of pastoral support services on a national basis and is informed by the Survivor Advisory Panel which it has established to ensure that the voices of survivors and victims of abuse informs the work of the NCSC

Safeguarding Training

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.

Diocesan safeguarding commission:
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. 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)
  • Dr Maame Sarfe

Tasks of the Safeguarding Coordinator and team include:

1. to enquire into any allegation or concern for inappropriate behaviour or actual abuse of children by any person working for the diocese either paid or voluntary;
2. to advise the Bishop;
3. to monitor that agreed Diocesan Procedures are adhered to, in the light of the ‘paramountcy principle’, and to ensure that these Procedures are reviewed regularly in the light of experience, best practice and national Church Policy;
4. to ensure appropriate pastoral care and support of victims and those against whom allegations have been made;
5. to ensure induction of Diocesan personnel and parish communities into the Diocesan Child Protection Procedures;
6. to promote:
    – knowledge of these Procedures
    – training and generally increase the level of awareness of Child Protection issues and practices in the Diocese
    – the publication of the Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator’s contact number
    – access to the Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator
7. to ensure that the necessary checks are carried out with the Disclosure and Barring service;
8. to oversee the safe retention of all documentation and data for as long as required for the protection of children and vulnerable adults;
9. to work with the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) and its Director.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Office will deal with all checks through the Disclosure and Barring service, including those for people working with vulnerable adults. A Diocesan Safeguarding Commission, under a lay chairperson, has been established to guide and oversee all aspects of safeguarding as outlined above.

Diocesan safeguarding team:-

The Safeguarding Team currently consists of a Safeguarding Coordinator, Safeguarding Officer, Safeguarding Support & Administration Officer and a Safeguarding and Safe Recruitment Administrator.

Safeguarding Co-ordinator: Becky Cawsey
Manages the safeguarding functions within the Diocese, dealing with allegations of abuse, the implementation of policy and procedures, overseeing safer recruitment and training for Clergy, volunteers and employees.

Tel: 0117 954 0993
Email becky.cawsey@cliftondiocese.com

Safeguarding Officer: Vacant
Deals with allegations of abuse alongside the Safeguarding Coordinator and implements the national training standards in the Clifton Diocese for Clergy, Parish Reps and volunteers which is overseen by the Safeguarding Coordinator.
Tel: 0117 954 0993

Safeguarding Support and Administration Officer: Rebecca Monks
Provides secretarial support to the Safeguarding Coordinator, Safeguarding Officer and the Safeguarding Commission. Oversees the safer recruitment in the office and provides training on the safer recruitment process/DBS process to the Parish Reps.
Tel: 0117 954 0993  Email: rebecca.monks@cliftondiocese.com

Safeguarding and Safe Recruitment Administrator: Emma Kayne
Ensures that all employees, Clergy and volunteers working with children and vulnerable adults are appointed in accordance with the requirements of safer recruitment and the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Tel: 0117 9025597
Email: emma.kayne@cliftondiocese.com

The following Religious Orders are aligned to Clifton Diocese for Safeguarding advice:

Prinknash Abbey

Prinknash Abbey

Abbot Martin MacLaughlin
Cranham
Gloucester
GL4 8EX

Email: prinknash.abbey@cliftondiocese.com

Tel: 01452 812455

Congregation of the Sisters of Jesus in the Temple

Congregation of the Sisters of Jesus in the Temple

Sr Marie Louise Levern
Maison Generale
7 Place de la republique
Vernon Cedex
France

jesusautemplevernon@wanadoo.fr

Tel: 0033 23 25 10 511

Downside Abbey

Downside Abbey

Fr Nicholas Wetz (Prior Administrator)
Stratton-on-the-Fosse
Radstock
Bath
BA3 4RH

Email: downside.abbey@cliftondiocese.com

Tel: 01761 235 119

La Retraite

La Retraite

Sr Barbara Stafford
22 Bristol South End
Bedminster
Bristol
BS3 5BH

barbarastaffordrlr@eircom.net

Tel: 0117 953 3544

Sisters of the Divine Saviour/Salvatorian Sisters

Sisters of the Divine Saviour/Salvatorian Sisters

Sr Maria Goretti Comerford
Divine Saviour Convent
Dillon Court
Redfield
BS5 9PF

maria.comerford@btinternet.com

Tel: 0117 9413774

Sisters of the Saviour & Blessed Virgin

Sisters of the Saviour & Blessed Virgin

Sister Jackie Brain
9 Fossett Way
Wyke Regis
Weymouth
DT4 9HD

jackie.brain@cliftondiocese.com

Tel: 01793 740606

Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit

Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit

Sister Sujata Sawarimuthu
The Convent
Kingsweston Lane
Lawrence Weston
Bristol
BS11 0QU

Tel: 0117 9822431