Parish Guidelines on Safeguarding.
A brochure is available from the back of the church
The safeguarding of the lives of children, young people and vulnerable adults lies at the heart of the mission of the Catholic Church. In this parish we adhere to the policies of the Church as laid down by the Catholic Advisory Safeguarding
Service. The full policy may be viewed at www.csas.uk.net
Church Mission Statement
As part of its mission the Catholic
Church is committed to
- Listening to, relating effectively and valuing children, young people and vulnerable adults, while ensuring their protection within Church activities.
- Supporting parents and carers
- Providing volunteers with support and training
- Following established guidelines when dealing with concerns.
- Maintaining good links with Statutory Services.
We recognize that within our society a number of children, young people and vulnerable adults become victims of physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect. Accordingly, at Good Shepherd Church we undertake to act
responsibly and within approved guidelines in the manner in which we -
- Respond to allegations of abuse, including those made against church leaders or members.
- Appoint and train volunteers Oversee the
supervision of activities and good practice.
- Support victims of abuse.
- Work with offenders returning or joining our community.
All workers, both volunteer and paid, will be required to complete an application form and provide references that will be taken up, prior to interview. They will also have to agree to provide a DBS (Disclosure and Barring
Service) check before any appointment is made. A detailed knowledge of the parish child safeguarding procedures will be necessary and a time of probation served, before any appointment can be confirmed.
Each activity will require parent/guardian to complete a registration form.
A roll must be kept for each activity.
Current risk assessment of all activities.
Ratios of male/female must be appropriate.
No volunteer to work alone
with a child.
Only over 18’s can supervise activities.
Accident and incident Log Book.
Abuse and Neglect.
Somebody may abuse or neglect a child by inflicting harm, or by failing to act to prevent
harm. Children may be abused in a family or in an institutional or community setting; by those known to them or, more rarely, by a stranger
Categories of abuse and neglect.
Physical abuse; emotional abuse; sexual abuse;
neglect; organised or multiple abuse; abuse of trust.
Indicators that might signify physical signs of abuse.
Any injuries not consistent with their explanation; parts of the body not normally injured by falls etc; non-treated
injuries; signs of neglect (eg inadequate care; under nourishment; constant hunger; stealing food; failure to grow); reluctance to change for sporting activities; repeat urinary infections or tummy pains; cuts, scratches, burns, substance abuse.
of possible sexual abuse.
Any allegations by a child concerning sexual abuse; child with excessive preoccupation with sexual matters and detailed knowledge of adult sexual behavior, or who engage in age-inappropriate
sexual play; sexual activity through words, play or drawing; child who is sexually provocative or seductive with adults; inappropriate bed-sharing at home; severe sleeping disturbance; anorexia, bulimia
that might signify emotional signs of abuse.
Changes or regression in mood or behaviour, particularly where child withdraws or becomes clinging; also depression/aggression, extreme anxiety; nervousness,
frozen watchfulness; obsessions or phobias; sudden under achievement or lack of concentration; inappropriate relationships with peers or adults; attention seeking behaviour; running away / stealing / lying.
When a child tells you about abuse.
Listen reassuringly and carefully to what the child wants to share. Do not ask probing questions and accept what is said to you. Make it clear that you cannot keep the conversation a secret. Record the child’s exact words as quickly as possible following
your chat. Inform the appropriate authorities immediately. ( See above).
When an adult expresses concern.
Listen carefully and patiently without judging or questioning. Put them in touch with the appropriate authorities.
Offer to accompany them. Inform them that you are duty-bound to pass on the information if they are unwilling to proceed.
If an adult confides in you that they were abused as a child.
The same advice as
above. Remember the abuser may still be in a position to abuse.
Working with offenders.
When someone attending the church is known to have abused children they will be made welcome in Christian fellowship but will be
required to accept reasonable boundaries to safeguard children.
Helping victims of abuse.
As a church we are committed to supporting victims of abuse and encouraging them in their faith.
If you suspect
a case of abuse
- As a general rule – always contact those in authority.
- Do not investigate.
- Do not inform, question or confront the alleged abuser.
- If you think a child is in immediate danger or the
matter is urgent you should report your suspicion, without delay, to Social Services or the Police. Our local Social Service Safeguarding Teams can be contacted from the details given below. If the disclosure carries no immediate danger then please contact
our Parish Safeguarding Representative.
Lewisham Social Services
Bromley Social Services
02084617089 (office hours)
02084644848 (out of hours)
Parish Office: 02086981449
Deputy Safeguarding Representative
Sr Collette Bamber
Parish Office: 02086981449