Our Parishes are committed to providing a safe environment for every individual and we are committed to support and protect all of our young and vulnerable people from harm.
If you have any questions or concerns in relation to safeguarding, please ask to speak with our Safeguarding co-ordinators when you come to our church. You will be taken seriously and receive a confidential and friendly welcome.
St Agnes’: Janet Dale
St Joseph's: Linda Bedford
Our Lady of Lourdes: Neil Codling
If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger.
It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased.
If you are in any role within the Catholic Church in England and Wales, you must refer allegations directly to the Diocesan safeguarding office or religious congregation, or directly to the Police. If you are a member of the public, please refer allegations directly to the police and also to the Diocesan safeguarding office by tel: 0191 243 3305 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact CSAS by telephoning 0207 901 1920 or via email: email@example.com.
The Diocese has a Safeguarding Commission chaired by an independent lay person with extensive safeguarding experience in working with children and vulnerable adults.
If you have a role working with children, young people or adults who may be vulnerable, or if you are a parent who wants to understand on-line safety, we encourage you to read the e-learning safeguarding brochure.
or further information, including policies, guidelines, contacts and resources, please visit http://www.rcdhn.org.uk/safeguardingdio/safeguarding_main.php