How to access help
You will no doubt have heard on the news concerns about an increase in Domestic Violence due to the current situation, with particular regards to people being indoors with each other far longer than normal. People living in enforced close proximity will lead to increased tensions in some cases. Although it’s something we would like to hope is not too prevalent within our parishes, unfortunately there are likely to be families and partnerships who are in challenging, and in some cases abusive and or violent relationships.
WomansAid - National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247
The mix – Advice for the under 25 yrs. – 0808 808 4994
Advice for Male Victims of Domestic Violence - 0808 8801 0327
Childline – Deals with a vast variety of children concerns including Domestic Violence. 0800 1111
Safeguarding in the parishes of St Gregory and St Thomas More
The parish recognises and follows the CSAS (Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service) policies and procedures and there is a rigorous process to ensure the best safeguarding practice.
In cases of emergency, or where there is an immediate threat to vulnerable people, then you should contact the police or social services. If you have any other safeguarding concern then please contact either one of the Diocesan Safeguarding Team or our Parish Safeguarding Representative.
Our Parish Safeguarding Representative is Dilys Barrell, who may be contacted on 01242 513992.
Our Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) clearances are the responsibility of Lindsay Read, who may be contacted on 01242 525592 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safeguarding in the Clifton Diocese
The Diocese has a Safeguarding Commission chaired by an Independent lay person with extensive experience in working with children and vulnerable adults. Other members of the Commission come from a range of relevant professional backgrounds such as Social Care, the Police, Health, Probation and Clergy. The Commission oversees and guides the work of the Safeguarding Team, ensuring the correct implementation of Policy and Procedures.
The Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator can be contacted on 0117 954 0993 or email@example.com.
The Diocesan Safeguarding Officer can be contacted on 0117 954 0993 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information about safeguarding within the diocese may be found at www.cliftondiocese.com.
National Catholic Safeguarding Commission
The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) was formed in July 2008 following the acceptance, by the Bishops Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) and the Conference of Religious of England and Wales (CoR), of the recommendations in the Cumberlege Commission Report “Safeguarding with Confidence” (July 2007).
Further information about the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission can be found at www.catholicsafeguarding.org.uk.
Safeguarding in the Catholic Church in England & Wales
The Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service is responsible for driving and supporting improvements in practice throughout the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Its primary role is one of co-ordination, advice and support in respect of safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk across the Church.
The Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) was established in 2007 following acceptance by the Conference of Bishops and Conference of Religious of the Cumberlege Commission Report, “Safeguarding with Confidence”. CSAS reports to and provides expert advice to the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission on all safeguarding matters. CSAS provides support, advice and coordination to the twenty eight Safeguarding Commissions across England and Wales and their respective safeguarding offices.
Further information about Safeguarding in the Catholic Church in England & Wales can be found at www.csas.uk.net.
Reporting a safeguarding issue
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 our safeguarding Co-ordinator Becky Cawsey 0117 954 0993