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

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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Get involved!

Find out how by contacting us at:

 

The Parish Office

c/o St Pius X Catholic Church
Gatehouse Avenue
Bristol BS13 9AB

 

Open: Mon - Fri   09:30-14:30
Tel: 0117 9646922

 

Out of hours:  0772 9833 779

 

E-mail: debbie.forge@cliftondiocese.com

 

Or use our online contact form.

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