The Archdiocese of Liverpool is committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church. We affirm the One Church approach to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults through the promotion of a sustained and sustainable culture of constant vigilance.
The Church recognises the personal dignity and rights of all Vulnerable People towards whom it has a special responsibility. The Church and individual members of it undertake to take all the appropriate steps to maintain a safe environment for all and to practice fully and positively Christ’s Ministry towards children, young people and vulnerable adults and to respond sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm.
The Church authorities will liaise closely with statutory agencies to ensure that any allegations of abuse are promptly and properly investigated and where appropriate, survivors supported and perpetrators held to account.
The Church wishes to ensure that its parishes and Religious Congregations have the confidence to enable children, young people and vulnerable adults to have peace of mind, knowing they will be cared for and loved by their Christian community.
SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT
SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT
Every human being has a value which we acknowledge as coming directly from God's creation of male and female in his own image and likeness. We believe therefore that all people should be valued, supported and protected from harm. We recognise the personal dignity and rights of vulnerable people towards whom the Church has a special responsibility.
The Catholic Church and its individual members will undertake appropriate steps to maintain a safe environment for all, by practising fully and positively Christ's Ministry towards children, young people and adults and responding sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm. This is demonstrated by the provision of carefully planned activities for children, young people and adults, caring for those hurt by abuse and ministering to and robustly managing those who have caused harm.
The Catholic Church of England and Wales, the Bishops and Religious Congregational Leaders are committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church and affirm a ‘One Church’ approach to safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk through the promotion of a sustained culture of constant vigilance. The 'best interests' or 'paramount chief principle', which underpins and is enshrined in child and adult protection legislation, shall be the primary consideration in all matters of safeguarding. This ‘One Church’ approach should also be adopted by lay associations of the faithful ministering to children and adults at risk in the name of the Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church has in place a National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC), which is an independent body working within the framework of the Church in England and Wales. It is mandated by the Conference of Bishops and Conference of Religious Congregations and has accountability across Dioceses and Religious Congregations to ensure that standards are met and policies are implemented. Established in 2008, the NCSC sets the strategic direction of the Church’s safeguarding policy for children, young people and adults at risk. It is also responsible for developing quality assurance processes which includes monitoring and auditing the compliance of the Church with safeguarding procedures. The NCSC is leading on the development of pastoral support services on a national basis and is informed by the Survivor Advisory Panel which it has established to ensure that the voices of survivors and victims of abuse informs the work of the NCSC.
The Church authorities always report allegations of abuse to the statutory agencies in accordance with national procedures to ensure that they are dealt with promptly and properly, and where appropriate, perpetrators are held to account. The Church will act in an open, transparent and accountable way in working in partnership with social care services, the Police, health agencies, probation services and other relevant agencies to safeguard children and adults at risk and assist in bringing to justice anyone who has committed an offence against a child or adult.
The Church seeks to ensure that its parishes, religious congregations and lay associations of the faithful acting in the name of the Church have the confidence to enable vulnerable people to have peace of mind, knowing they will be cared for and loved by their Christian community. All churches, faith communities and lay associations that are working in the name of the Church with children and adults at risk are expected to have in place arrangements which include:
* Procedures to respond to and report concerns and allegations
* Safer recruitment procedures
* Information sharing arrangements
* Support and supervision of staff and volunteers
* Training on safeguarding
Welfare of children, young people and adults at risk
Welfare of children, young people and adults at risk
If you are worried that a child or adult at risk may be being harmed either by someone in a family or household, or by someone within the church you should tell someone as soon as possible.
If you believe they are in immediate danger you should contact the police.
If you are not sure whether something constitutes abuse or the degree of urgency you should discuss this with our Safeguarding Representative.
Mrs Maureen Davies - Tel: 0151 520 2600 Email: [email protected]
Key Principles and Values Children
The Catholic Church in England and Wales embraces its role in supporting children to achieve their full potential in an environment where they are protected from exploitation, abuse and maltreatment.
All adults within the Church have a responsibility to act and intervene when it appears that children need to be made safe from harm, whether the risk of harm is Neglect, Sexual Abuse, Physical Abuse or Emotional Abuse.
The Church will act in an open, transparent and accountable way in working in partnership with Children's Social Care Services, the Police, Health Agencies, Probation Providers and other agencies to safeguard children and assist in bringing to justice anyone acting in the name of the Church who has committed an offence against a child.
Anyone who brings concerns or allegations to the notice of the Church will be responded to sensitively, respectfully and seriously. All concerns and allegations will be dealt with within the national procedures and in a timely manner.
The Church is fully committed to acting within the guidance as set out in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018, Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018, and acknowledges that the Church must work in partnership with other agencies and not act alone.
Pastoral care will be made available to children and their families and to other relevant people where there have been concerns and allegations of some form of harm or maltreatment of a child.
Where services and support are provided to an adult, who has acted to harm a child, safeguards should be put in place to manage the risk that the adult may harm another child.
Key Principles and Values Adults
The Catholic Church in England and Wales is fully committed to work in relation to Adults, who may be at risk of abuse or maltreatment. The Church will:
Work actively and constructively within the framework set out in the Care Act 2014 and Social Services and Well-being Act (Wales) 2014, and with associated statutory and good practice guidance.
Actively promote the empowerment and well-being of adults throughout the church.
Recognise that everyone has the right to live their life free from violence, fear and abuse.
Recognise that adults have the right to be protected from harm and exploitation.
Recognise that adults have the right to independence that involves a degree of risk.
Act in an open, transparent and accountable way in working in partnership with Adult Social Care Services, the Police, Health Agencies, Probation Providers and other agencies to safeguard adults and assist in bringing to justice anyone acting in the name of the Church who has committed an offence against an adult.
CSAS 0207 901 1920 / www.csas.uk.net
NSPCC 0808 800 500 / www.nspcc.org.uk
Child Line 0800 1111 / www.childline.org.uk
Stop it Now Helpline 0808 1000 900
Action on Elder Abuse 0808 808 8141 / www.elderabuse.org.uk
Age UK 0800 169 6565 / www.helptheaged.org.uk
Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 / www.cedar.uk.net
Family Action 020 7254 6251 / www.family-action.org.uk
Local Social Services
Cheshire - 0300 123 8123
Greater Manchester - 0161 234 5001
Halton - 0345 050 0148
Lancashire - 0845 053 0009/0845 602 1043
Liverpool - 0151 233 3700
Sefton - 0845 140 0845
St Helens - 01744 673337
Warrington - 01925 444239/01925 444400
Isle of Man - 01624 686179
To contact the Police in an emergency call 999 or other enquires 101
The safeguarding Department Safeguarding Office: 0151 522 1043