We are all aware that the Catholic Church has been in the spotlight in the last fifteen years or so, over its handling of child abuse cases world wide. What is perhaps less well known is that in England and Wales in the same period, much time and energy has been spent in striving to create a Church where all are safe from harm and abuse, and where everyone is encouraged to enjoy the fullness of life in Jesus Christ through the protective endeavours of the whole Catholic community.
In Nottingham Diocese, every parish has at least one safeguarding representative. In our parish Carol Morris and Jane Watts are our reps. Their role is to try to prevent harm and abuse from occurring in the parish. They do this by ensuring that anyone who has a ministry with children, young people or vulnerable adults, goes through a safe recruitment process and works safely in their ministry. So for example there are at least two adult helpers with every ministry involving children or young people, and activities take place in an open environment.
Those who have a ministry with vulnerable adults are also encouraged to minister safely, though there is no expectation that Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist work in pairs.
Carol and Jane also promote vigilance and awareness of safeguarding issues in our parish. However, safeguarding is the responsibility of every member of our parish community.
We know that in every parish in our Diocese there may be people who have directly experienced abuse or harm.
Anyone who has a concern or worry about the wellbeing of a child or vulnerable adult should voice this either to Carol Morris or Jane Watts. They will pass this on to the Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator so that the issue can be properly dealt with.
In the Diocese we have a Safeguarding Commission to oversee all safeguarding matters, and to provide advice to the Bishop. There is independent representation from Police, Probation, Children and Adult Social Care services on the Commission, to ensure that safeguarding in the Diocese is transparent and open, and that the voices of the vulnerable can be heard.
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Free training for all
The Catholic Church in England and Wales has worked with EduCare to set up an e-learning package that will raise awareness throughout the Catholic Community in our countries. The e-learning package is part of the Church’s commitment to safeguarding, and is available to all members of the Catholic community free of charge.
Please download the brochure from the files section at the bottom of this page to see the courses available and how to access them.
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