Thames Valley Partnership with Hestia and the Vodafone Foundation to launch Bright Sky, the first mobile phone app to provide a UK-wide directory of specialist domestic abuse support services.  You can find the details and the app here.  You may find it useful

11/6/2020 Safeguarding news

Charity, Victim Support, to run Church support service for survivors of abuse

Victim Support has been awarded the contract to manage Safe Spaces, a joint Anglican and Catholic project to provide a vital support service for survivors of church-related abuse.

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Safeguarding newsletter

RCDOW Safeguarding News AUTUMN 2019

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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
  • Adult Safeguarding

To register please with the following details: full name, parish/order/congregation, and your role e.g. parent, catechist leader. For more information please ask for a brochure from your safeguarding rep Trish Bonnett

Our Lady’s Immaculate: Parish Policy Statement

It is the policy of this parish to protect children and young people from physical, emotional or sexual abuse and to provide a safe environment for them.

This commitment flows from our common belief in the dignity and uniqueness of every human life. It is our policy to respect that dignity and uniqueness.

We start from the principle that each child has a right to expect the highest level of care and protection, love, encouragement and respect that we can give.

It is our aim to provide an environment that supports and nurtures children so that they may develop and mature as safe from harm as possible.

While we aim to protect our children and young people from all kind of harm, we accept that some element of risk is unavoidable. Child Protection Procedures are intended to minimise those risks.

Child Protection Procedures are also intended to assist parish workers and volunteers in identifying ways in which they can safeguard the best interests of the children and young people in their care, and their own best interests as well.