Sacred Heart & St Pius Xth, Clifton Diocese
Sacred Heart & St Pius Xth, Clifton Diocese

Safeguarding

You will no doubt  have heard on the news  concerns about an increase in Domestic Violence due to the current  situation with COVID-19, 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.

 

Here are some useful helplines:

 

WomansAid -  National  Domestic Violence Helpline  – 0808 2000 247

 

The mix – Advice  for the under 25yrs. – 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

CATHOLIC BISHOPS’ CONFERENCE OF ENGLAND AND WALES

Statement on Safeguarding

Friday 20th November 2020

 

The account given in the IICSA Report of abuse known to be inflicted on children in the Catholic

Church in England and Wales in the past 50 years is shocking and overwhelming. At our meeting this week, we Bishops have stood together in profound shame. We express our sorrow and contrition before God.

 

We have reflected on our need to reach out afresh to those who bear the wounds of permanent damage caused by this abuse. We commit ourselves to listen more intently to those who have been abused so as to learn from them and benefit from their wisdom. It is through learning from their testimony that hearts are changed.

 

We are grateful to those survivors who have come forward, not only to lay before us their experience of abuse, but to help us understand the depth of their pain. We invite anyone who has experienced abuse to come forward, no matter how long ago the abuse took place. We undertake to listen carefully to them with open heart and mind and support them on a journey

of healing.

 

We have carefully considered the recommendations of the IICSA Report and formally accepted them. We have already begun work towards their implementation.

 

The IICSA’s generic hearings into the Church began last October. Around that time we commissioned an Independent Review of our Safeguarding Structures and Arrangements in the Catholic Church in England and Wales. This was carried out by Mr Ian Elliott, an experienced

safeguarding professional who has worked across the world in this area.

 

This week, alongside the IICSA Report, we have also examined in depth the Final Report of the Elliott Review and fully accepted its recommendations. It is a searching analysis of our safeguarding work, in its weaknesses and strengths. It proposes a number of remedial and forward-looking recommendations, which accord with the IICSA Report’s own recommendations. The work of implementation will begin immediately. It will be carried out in close cooperation with the Religious Orders who play such an important part in the life of the Church.

 

In all our activities, our desire and resolve is to be a Church in which every child and vulnerable person is not only safe but nurtured into human flourishing. These recommendations present us with steps towards this goal. Key to them is a standards-based approach to safeguarding together with a specially commissioned national body with powers of effective audit and oversight of safeguarding in both Dioceses and Religious Orders. Everyone in the Church will be required to work to clear, published standards of behaviour and action. Most significantly, the Elliott Report has been fashioned with the participation of survivors of abuse. Their insight and wisdom has been crucial. We thank them for their great courage and generosity in working with us and we look forward to continuing this growing collaboration.

 

The Elliott Report builds on all that has been achieved in our safeguarding ministry in the past 20 years, achievements also recognised in the IICSA Report. Therefore we thank profoundly all who contribute to the work of safeguarding in the Church today: the thousands of Parish Safeguarding Representatives, the professionals who work in our Safeguarding Offices in every Diocese, the Safeguarding Commissions who oversee this work and give objective and professional advice to guide our decisions, the staff of the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service and those who serve on the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission. These, and many others, have contributed greatly to the current work of safeguarding in the Church.

 

Today, however, we acknowledge without hesitation, our failings, our mistakes, our lack of adequate cooperation. We express our deep sorrow and ask forgiveness, especially from victims and survivors. We affirm our resolve to effect the next step in our work of safeguarding and care

for survivors. In prayer we turn to Christ the Good Shepherd, the fount of healing and compassion, asking that this moment of painful truth becomes a time of grace as we strive to fulfil the ministry entrusted to us as bishops in an unshakeable unity of purpose.

Parish Safeguarding Rep:

 Debbie Forge

Contact: 

debbie.forge@cliftondiocese.com

 

We would like to thank Kate Sutor who has stepped down.

 

If you think you could help, please contact Debbie.

 

The parishes of St Pius Xth and Sacred Heart recognises and follows the  CSAS  (Catholic Safeguarding  Advisory Service ) policies and procedures: https://www.csas.uk.net/

The Clifton Diocesan Safeguarding team and documents can be found here:

www.cliftondiocese.com/departments/safeguarding

What is Safeguarding?

“Being loved and being kept safe go to the very core of the Church’s Ministry to children and vulnerable adults.  The work of safeguarding has to be seen within the overall mission of the Church.  As she seeks to protect the vulnerable and weak, the Church needs to ‘act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God’.  (Micah 6:8).

It is a ministry of love and healing and seeks justice for all”.


The Cumberlege Commission 2007

As Catholics, we recognise that every human being has a value and dignity which we 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, 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.All volunteers and employees working with vulnerable groups must agree to adhere to the Catholic Church’s National Safeguarding Policies before they can be appointed.  We are fortunate to have so many people willing and able to help up fulfil our ministry.There is no doubt that revelations in recent years concerning abuse by those within the Church has caused shock, sadness and great pain to so many.  The credibility of the Church in the wider community has been undermined.The Church is committed to learning from past failures, to sharing best practice and to exploring ways of collaborating with others to ensure our Church is a community where all members will be kept safe and feel loved.“As a Church we have a responsibility to ensure safe environments for all our children, young people and vulnerable adults.  We have a duty and ministry to heal broken lives and give new hope to those who have been sinned against”.

Bishop Declan’s Pastoral letter 18 February 2012

 

 

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