Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is committed to safeguarding our Parish from all forms of abuse. We particularly watch out for children, elderly, disabled and other vulnerable people. We keep a safe and supportive environment by raising awareness, mandatory reporting and proactive leadership.
SAFEGUARDING POLICY SUMMARY
1. Awareness of abuse of children and vulnerable people including elderly, disabled and disadvantaged
2. Working with Children's checks for all volunteers
3. Mandatory police reporting of suspected abuse
4. Abuse prevention procedures
1. AWARENESS OF ABUSE
A. Children and other vulnerable people including disabled, disadvantaged and elderly can be at risk of emotional/psychological, physical, domestic, neglect and sexual abuse.
B. There is also a risk of grooming where a perpetrator will offer inducements to the intended victim to gain their trust. They may befriend their family members to gain access to them.
2. WORKING WITH CHILDREN'S CHECKS FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS
A. All volunteers must have a Working With Children's Check (WWCC). The check is a police search of any relevant offences. This helps screen out potential offenders. The policy explains how to organise a check.
B. The WWCC Authority have advised us that because a volunteer is a position of authority that all volunteers should have a WWCC. Children need to trust volunteers.
3. MANDATORY REPORTING
If you suspect abuse of children, disabled, disadvantaged or elderly people you must immediately report it to the police. It is an offence not to. Apart from police, keep all details confidential.
4. ABUSE PREVENTION PROCEDURES
A. Parents/guardians to mind their children's activities. Carers/Friends to mind disabled/elderly.
B. Everyone should lookout for suspicious behaviour and keep children visible.
C. Each ministry should identify the risks involved and how those risks can be managed.
D. Everyone should try to spot grooming behaviours.
E. Ongoing awareness and education about abuse.
F. Having a generally supportive environment and leadership.
If you have been abused, witness abuse or suspect abuse, please contact the Police immediately.
For further information on Parish Safeguarding policies please contact our Safeguarding Representatives:
For counseling please contact Jan Webster.