What is safeguarding?
Safeguarding is about encouraging our young and vulnerable people to participate actively in our parish community’s life by keeping them safe from harm and fear. This includes protecting their right to participate fully within our parishes in safety, free from abuse, threats, neglect and exploitation.
Our Parishes have three Parish Safeguarding Representatives (PSR) who are:
Rickmansworth Parish: Dave Pione
Mill End Parish: Matt McKiernan
Chorleywood Parish: Laura Turnbull
The Safeguarding Co-ordinator for the Diocese can be contacted at: Safeguarding Department, 2nd Floor Vaughan House, 46 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QN. 020 7798 9350 or 07803 634236 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Role of your Parish Safeguarding Representative (PSR)
Is to assist in the:
• Safer recruitment of volunteers to Parish roles by checking applications, identity and references of all applicants.
• Initiation of DBS (former CRB) procedures where it may be a legal requirement to working with children and adults at risk.
• Initial handling of any concerns/allegations anyone feels to disclose.
• Promoting of a “Culture of Safeguarding” in the parish community including advertising for the EduCare online safeguarding courses that are still available free to any member of the catholic community and designed to enhance safeguarding knowledge for everyone – see below for details.
Free safeguarding training available to all members of the Catholic Community
The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) has worked with Educare to provide an online, interactive E-Learning safeguarding course which is now available to all in the Catholic Church. If you have a role (voluntary or paid) working with children/adults at risk or have an interest in safeguarding, the online training is a great opportunity to learn how to better protect children/ adults at risk in your care and community. Some of the modules available include: Child Exploitation & Online Safety and Adult Safeguarding. To register please email: email@example.com with the following details: full name, parish/order/congregation, and your role e.g. parent, catechist leader.
What do I do if I think I am being abused or neglected?
If you think you are being abused or feel threatened in any way, there are some things you can do:
-Tell someone you trust such as a friend, family member or professional to help you decide if you should take further action.
-Discuss your concerns with a professional such as a teacher, support worker or doctor. You can also contact your Parish Safeguarding Rep – details above.
– In serious cases involving potentially criminal activities you may want to talk directly with the police.
What to do if I am concerned someone else may be being victimised?
– Let them know about your concern and listen carefully to their response.
-If the person is being harmed or is feeling unsafe report this matter to someone responsible for safeguarding
– If you believe a child or vulnerable person is in immediate danger telephone the police 999