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. We believe therefore that all people should be valued, supported and protected 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 take all reasonable steps 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 adults at risk and responding robustly where concerns arise.

Source: CSAS Organisational Structure and Key Roles


Culture of Safeguarding

The Catholic Church is striving towards a culture of safeguarding where all should be safe from harm and abuse and where every person is encouraged and enabled to enjoy the fullness of life in Jesus Christ through the prayerful, caring, nurturing, supportive and protective endeavours of the Catholic community, both individually and collectively.

This commitment calls the whole Church to live the values and principles, which are already implicit in the nature of the Church and its mission.  All members of the Church have a role to play in promoting a culture of safeguarding and together with the Bishops and Congregation Leaders we can ensure it is both understood and embraced by the whole Church.

In order to cultivate a safe and nurturing environment and deepen (or where necessary rebuild) trust there needs to be a culture of:

  • Openness and transparency
  • Love and respect
  • Responsibility and accountability
  • Compassion and support
  • Justice and integrity
  • Honesty and humility
  • Questioning and challenging
  • Learning and changing

Source: CSAS Organisational Structure and Key Roles


Parish Safeguarding Representative (PSR)

Tina East has been appointed by the Diocese of Westminster as the Safeguarding Representative for our Church.

Responsibilities and Training:

  • The PSR must promote good and safe practices in all activities involving children, young people and adults and provide advice on child and adult safeguarding matters within their Church community.
  • The PSR helps to administer safer recruitment practices on a local level, which includes processing the Disclosure and Barring Service checks on all volunteers.
  • The PSR is the link between the congregation and the RCDOW Safeguarding Coordinator.
  • The PSR has completed the necessary training, provided by the RCDOW and has a sound knowledge of the national policies and procedures.
  • The PSR is fully supported by the RCDOW Safeguarding Team and knows who to contact if a concern is raised.


In the case of an emergency or where there is an immediate danger or risk of harm please call 999.

For other safeguarding concerns the PSR can be contacted in the following ways:

Please note that the contact details for the Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator can also be found on the parish noticeboard, where I will also display additional Safeguarding material.