St Ann's Catholic Church

 

Safeguarding

Safeguarding Policy Statement

St Ann’s RC Church, together with the Archdiocese of Southwark, is committed to the Safeguarding policies of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, to protect our children, young people and vulnerable adults from neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse and to promote a safe environment for them.

This commitment flows from the fact that we are all made in the image of God and the Church’s common belief in the dignity and uniqueness of every human life.

We start from the principle that each child, young person and vulnerable adult* has the right to expect the highest level of care, protection, love, encouragement and respect that we can give.”

A “vulnerable adult” is a person aged 18 or over who, by reason of mental or other disability, age or illness is, or may be, unable to take care of him or herself against “significant harm” or “exploitation”.

Our Parish Safeguarding Representative is Mrs. Anne King.

The National Safeguarding policies can be accessed at www.csasprocedures.uk.net.

In accordance with the National Safeguarding policies, all of our Parish Volunteers who are working with children, young people and vulnerable adults are checked by the Parish Safeguarding Representative. This involves completing an application form with basic information about the person and the names of two referees; a confidential declaration form; and a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) form. The completed forms are sent to the Diocesan Safeguarding Office in Westminster where they are processed and stored. All information is treated as confidential.

The Parish Safeguarding Representative ensures that all volunteers are given information in order to promote a safe environment for our children and vulnerable adults and a code of behaviour to promote best practice. Volunteers are also given information to enable them to recognise and respond to a concern or an allegation of abuse of a child or vulnerable adult.

Our parish works with the Archdiocese of Southwark who is committed to the safety and welfare of children and vulnerable adults. The Diocese co-operates fully with CSAS, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service, which aims to help the Church become an example of best practice in the Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, and develop a "culture of vigilance" to ensure that children and vulnerable adults in our care are kept safe from harm.