Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
Safeguarding Policy Statement
Here at St Wilfrid's we are concerned with the lives, safety, wholeness and well-being of each individual person. We seek to safeguard the welfare of people of all ages who are involved in whatever capacity with our parish and its organisations. As a parish community, we accept that it is the responsibility of all of us, ordained, professed, paid and voluntary members, to work together to prevent physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is the shared responsibility of everyone to ensure the safety and protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults. It is also about ensuring the professional and safe behaviour of everyone who has a duty of care within our Catholic communities whether ordained or lay and whether in a paid or volunteer position. Safeguarding is not only a way to respond to harm but must be proactive in the prevention of any form of abuse or harm.
What forms of abuse?
Abuse can take many forms and usually when someone is subjected to abuse more than one form is being used.
Types or forms of abuse include:
- Female Genital Mutilation
- Child Sex Exploitation
How to report allegations
The Bishop’s Conference has a mandatory Reporting Policy. All allegations of a criminal nature are immediately reported to the police. This applies whether the accused is alive or deceased. Allegations must in the first instance be reported to the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser. If the Adviser is not available please ask to speak to a member of Safeguarding Team.
If anyone discloses an allegation to you always remember to follow this process:
Listen – Respond – Record – Refer
Contacts for Safeguarding Matters
We are in the process of appointing a new parish Safeguarding contact person - details will be confirmed in due course.
Diocese of Lancaster:
Jane Robinson Safeguarding Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
British Jesuit Province:
Catholic Church in England & Wales