Our Parish follows the guidelines for Safeguarding Children and vulnerable adults published by the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission and Middlesbrough Diocese.
Catholic Life and Safeguarding
“Being loved and kept safe go to the very heart of the Church’s ministry to children & vulnerable adults” (Cumberledge)
Every human being has a value and dignity which we as Catholics recognise as coming directly from God’s creation of male and female in his own image and likeness. Our parishes therefore must be a place of welcome, where each person is respected and loved, and in which we receive and share our unique gifts.
Parishes must be communities where we support and protect each other. We must take particular care of who may be vulnerable because of age, illness or disability or because of current or past-life experiences.
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding is about attitudes and activities which promote the dignity, wellbeing and safety of those who participate in any activity facilitated by the Church. Therefore:
- Church activities must be well planned with sufficient support and suitable facilities so that avoidable risks are foreseen and minimised
- All who work in Church ministries must be carefully selected, know what is expected of them and be willing to ask for help when unclear or anxious about their role.
Safeguarding is about responding when there are concerns that someone may not be safe or secure by:
- Being able to respond confidently and proportionately to concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a vulnerable member of our Church.
- When required involving other organisations – so our response to concerns is robust.
- A care for those hurt by abuse in the past
- Ministering to and managing those who have caused harm.
Our parish safeguarding lead is Susan Moloney and she can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like more information please follow the following links:
Middlesbrough Diocese Safeguarding team: http://middlesbrough-diocese.org.uk/safeguarding
National Catholic Safeguarding Commission: http://www.catholicsafeguarding.org.uk/