Church activities may take place on church premises or in various other environments such as residential events, home visiting or trips out.
When Church activities are organised well and with regard to the safety and wellbeing of all, we reduce the risk of avoidable harm to all participants and create spaces of true welcome where relationships which are respectful and enriching can develop.
Within a parish, in conjunction with the Safeguarding Commission the Parish Priest has responsibility for the pastoral care of the community with special regard for those most vulnerable. The Priest is assisted in this responsibility by nominating a Parish Safeguarding Representative that is recruited in collaboration with the Safeguarding Coordinator.
This Resource Area is aimed at supporting the invaluable work of Parish Priests, religious, all Safeguarding Leads and Representatives, event leaders and volunteers in creating a safe environment within the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
Within this Resource Area you will find practical guidance on how to organise activities well with a view to promoting the dignity, safety and wellbeing of all concerned so that avoidable risks are anticipated and minimised and relationships with church representatives are positive, healthy and life affirming.
It is expected that Parish Priests, Parish Safeguarding Representatives, Religious Safeguarding Leads and those responsible for safeguarding in Catholic organisations will promote the principles and practicalities outlined in this resource area within parishes and other communities to ensure everyone understands what is expected of them.
This resource area is not exhaustive and Parish Priests, Religious Safeguarding Leads, Parish Safeguarding Representatives and leaders of groups may recognise that additional safeguards need to be considered for a particular group or activity.
In this event they should seek advice from their Safeguarding Office.
What is Safeguarding?
Safeguarding structures within the Catholic Church in England and Wales
Recruitment and Induction packs for Commission Members and Safeguarding Representatives
Induction Pack – Commission members
The induction pack is aimed at new Commission Members. It provides information about the role of the Safeguarding Commission and the context within which it operates.
Induction Pack – Safeguarding Representatives
The Safeguarding Representative plays a pivotal role within the Catholic safeguarding structure and the Catholic Church is deeply grateful for those who give their time and expertise to promote safeguarding to secure the welfare of everyone in our midst, particularly the young and the vulnerable.
There is an induction pack, developed for Safeguarding Representatives that are new to the role. The pack provides a brief overview of the role and explains some of the processes and terminology that Safeguarding Representatives might encounter.
Safer recruitment within the Church
A range of other forms and information to assist with DBS processing can be found using this link.