It is the policy of this parish to protect children and young vulnerable adults from physical, emotional or sexual abuse and to provide a safe environment for them. This commitment flows from our common belief in the dignity and uniqueness of every human life. It is our policy to respect that dignity and uniqueness. We start from the principle that each child and young vulnerable adult has a right to expect the highest level of care and protection, love, encouragement and respect that we can give.
It is our aim to provide an environment that supports and nurtures children and young vulnerable adults so that they may develop and mature as safe from harm as possible. While we aim to protect our children and young vulnerable adults from all kind of harm, we accept that some element of risk is unavoidable. Child Protection Procedures are intended to minimise those risks.
Child Protection Procedures are also intended to assist parish workers and volunteers in identifying ways in which they can safeguard the best interests of the children and young vulnerable adults in their care, and their own best interests as well.
Purpose of the Safeguarding Representative: As mentioned above all members of Parish Groups, run specifically by the parish, are required by the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton to complete a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check in conjunction with the Diocesan Child Protection Policy.
The Parish Safeguarding Representative is responsible for making sure the Parish is aware of the importance of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults; promoting good and safe practice, including what is appropriate and inappropriate behaviour; they decide how to administer the National Safeguarding Policies and Procedures within the Parish together with the Parish Priest, Fr. Sean and the Safeguarding Co-ordinator/Officer, Philip Wright
There are two representatives here at the Sacred Heart – Dee Hall and Jacqui Mullin. Please contact them to arrange to have your check done. The forms below are the initial forms you need to complete.
DBS Check forms
Once the above forms are completed, please contact at the email address below to process your application.
Upon receipt of the Self Declaration Form the Safeguarding Office will issue a DBS (formerly CRB) form which requires to be completed in BLACK ink. Please click the link below for guidance notes to completing this form.
Following the recent Government announcement regarding the launch of Phase 2 of the Protection of Freedoms Act, the following documents are available for further details:
- Copy of the new Safer Recruitment chapter content
- Flowchart summarising the new ‘Applicant Only’ or ‘Single Certificate’ process
- Catholic Church Guide for individuals regarding the Online Update Service
- Disclosure Certificates are changing guide
Link to www.gov.uk/dbs
Useful Contact Details for Safeguarding
Arundel & Brighton Diocesan Safeguarding Office
Bishop’s House, The Upper Drive, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 6NB
Tel : 01273 241203 Fax : 01273 859717
Local Police Safeguarding Team
Social Services Safeguarding Team
Tel : 01372 832494
Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service
Tel: 0121 237 6076
National Catholic Safeguarding Commission
Website : NCSC