Caterham, Whyteleafe & Godstone

Safeguarding

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

Cover Explanatory Sheet 

Safeguarding Self Declaration

Volunteer Application

A&B ID Form

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.

Guidance to completed the DBS 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:

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

Your Parish Safeguarding Reps are:
Dee Hall and Jacqui Mullin
Email : 

Safeguarding Co-ordinator/Officer: Mr Philip Wright
Tel: 01273 241203
Email:

Safeguarding Office PA/Office Manager: Eva Bouhnik
Tel: 01273 241203
Fax: 01273 859717
Email:

Local Police Safeguarding Team
Dial 101

Social Services Safeguarding Team
Tel :  01372 832494

Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service
Tel: 0121 237 6076
Email:
Website: CSAS

National Catholic Safeguarding Commission
Website : NCSC

Sunday Mass times

9 am, 10.45 am and 5.15 pm

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