We are all made in
the “image and likeness of God.” Given this clear truth of faith, all abuse,
always and everywhere, is wrong. It is a
serious crime. We will do all that we can to eradicate it and to support anyone
who is, or has been, a survivor of abuse, whether as a child or vulnerable
We do this inspired
by the love and compassion of Jesus Christ and following the Safeguarding
principles and policies of the Diocese of Brentwood. These are based on statutory guidelines and
policies, which inform national guidance within the Catholic Church in England
you know or believe that a child or vulnerable adult is in danger of being
abused, or is subject to abuse, then immediately dial 999 for the police, who
will help you.
If you want to talk
about an allegation of abuse, or if you are a survivor of historic abuse and
want to talk about it with someone who will listen with sensitivity and care,
then please contact our parish safeguarding representative Mrs. Anita Goold or speak with Fr Nixon Gomes; any of them will help you. An email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone call to the parish office at 01376
512219 where you simply say you want to speak confidentially will ensure you
are swiftly linked to the right person.
You can also phone
the national “safe space” helpline on 0300 303 1056. This is a dedicated helpline for anyone who
has been a victim of abuse in a Catholic or Church of England faith setting
(church, school, or anywhere else run by the church). You will find more information at https://www.safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk/
Safeguarding Coordinator, Simon Moules will also help in any possible way and he
can be contacted on email@example.com
The key principles
guiding Safeguarding in this Diocese are:
‘As Catholics we
believe that human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the
creative act of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with Him. Accordingly, we recognise that each human
being, irrespective of age or circumstance, should be accorded the dignity and
respect due to a child of God.
The Church as a
community has a duty to follow the command to love by valuing and protecting
the vulnerable. Children are the most
vulnerable and have the greatest entitlement to protection.
confirms that in matters of the alleged abuse of children the ‘Paramount
Principle’ will be maintained, that is the welfare of the child is the
paramount consideration in all matters concerning the protection of children.
Legally, someone is defined as a child up to his/her 18th birthday.’