ENGLISH MARTYRS  PARISH SAFEGUARDING

Following the Final Report of the Nolan Committee about Protection of Child and Young People, the Catholic Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (COPCA) has been set up by the Bishops of England and Wales. 
In our Parish, we take seriously of our responsibility for the protection of children and young people. We do our utmost to ensure a safe and secure environment for the provision of spiritual, catechetical and pastoral care, and activities in the parish.

We will liaise with statutory agencies to ensure that any allegation of abuse is dealt with promptly and properly, any victim is supported and any perpetrator is held to account. All groups in the diocese are committed to establishing high standards of practice.   

Anyone with concerns about a child or vulnerable adults in this parish or who requires information on our procedures should contact one of the following.

Contacts: 
Fr Tom Lynch(Parish Priest)
01634 717582

Monica O’Brien (Safeguarding Rep)           
01634 - 722371

Our Diocesan Officers are as follows:

Father Stephen Wymer
Episcopal Vicar for Safeguarding

Sister Jane Bertelsen 
Religious Advisor for Safeguarding

Mrs Helen Sheppard
Safguarding Co-ordinator
Tel: 020 7261 1606

Website: www.rcsouthwark.co.uk/safeguarding.html
Email: office@sgo-rcdsouthwark.org 

Postal Address: 
Safeguarding Office
St Gabriel’s House
Westminster Bridge Road
London
SE1 7FQ

Other useful contacts: 

Child Protection Emergency Helpline
020 8697 6006 

Childline
0800 1111 

Churches Child Protection Advisory Service Helpline
01322 660011

NSPCC (24 hours a day)
0800 800 500

The Cumberlege Commission Report - you can read the full Report and it s recommendations on the Cumberlege Commission website. Please click here.

From Safeguarding office - safeguarding office@rcaos.org.uk

Dear All,

The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) has confirmed the statement below as policy position.

 

 “Reporting abuse”

 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 safeguarding office for your diocese 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 safeguarding office in your diocese. You can contact the Archdiocese of Southwark Safeguarding Office by telephoning 0207 261 1606 or via email at safeguardingoffice@rcaos.org.uk

 The NCSC recommends that this statement is visible on all diocesan and parish websites and in signatures to emails of those working in the church. Please could you collaborate with your parish priest to arrange for this message to be publicised on your parish website and in your parish newsletter.

 Kind regards,

 Kaella Weekes

Administrator

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark CIO

Safeguarding Office

St Gabriel’s House

Westminster Bridge Road

London

SE1 7FQ

0207 261 1606

 

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 safeguarding office for your diocese 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 safeguarding office in your diocese. You can contact the Archdiocese of Southwark Safeguarding Office by telephoning 0207 261 1606 or via email at safeguardingoffice@rcaos.org.uk