Safeguarding our young people
What is Safeguarding?
Every human being has a value and dignity which we as Catholics acknowledge as coming directly from God’s creation of male and female in his own image and likeness. This implies a duty to value all people and therefore to support them and protect them from harm.
In the Catholic Church this is demonstrated by the provision of carefully planned activities for children, young people and adults; supporting families under stress; caring for those hurt by abuse in the past; ministering to and managing those who have caused harm.
It is because of these varied ministries that we need to provide a safe environment for all which promotes and supports their wellbeing. This will include carefully selecting and appointing those who work with children, young people or vulnerable adults and responding robustly where concerns arise.
In our diocese we have the following structure:
- Parish Safeguarding Reps
Each parish has a named individual who will assist you in checking everything is in place before starting your work with young people.
Your Parish Safeguarding Representative will ensure you have:
- DBS certificate in place for all adults working with young people
- Any up to date training required for the work you are doing
- Policies to ensure a safe environment for young people e.g. bullying ‘policy’, social media use, photographs.
It is essential you contact your Parish Safeguarding Rep or the Diocesan Safeguarding Team if you have not done so already. See The Diocesan Department for Safeguarding.