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Welcome to the Safeguarding Department webpage
Safeguarding is the protection of children and vulnerable adults, who are suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm, ill treatment, the impairment of health or development, abuse or neglect. It involves proactively creating cultures of safeguarding to prevent abuse occurring in the first place and reacting to those who have been hurt by abuse to reduce any future harm.
The wider concept of safeguarding is “nurturing wellbeing as well as protecting the young and the vulnerable from harm and abuse.”
• is essential to the Church’s fulfillment of its calling and mission given by Christ
• is implicit in what Jesus intended when he said ’feed my lambs, feed my sheep’
• is essential if we are to introduce people effectively to a relationship with God
• is a sign of the Kingdom – Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation”
Safeguarding is an exercise of charity and justice:
• helps the Church to stay one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic
• reflects the loving nature of God
• is an essential context for people to receive the sacraments and grow in discipleship
• is part of becoming a Church that people will want to join!”
Canon Kieron O’Brien – CSAS ‘SAFEGUARDING AS MINISTRY’ event, Oscott, April 2011
The Catholic Church in England and Wales aims to become an example of best practice in safeguarding children, young people and adults who may be vulnerable.
The Catholic Church of England and Wales, the Bishops and Congregational Leaders are committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church. We affirm the One Church approach to safeguarding children, young people and adults who may be vulnerable through the promotion of a sustained and sustainable culture of constant vigilance.
The Church recognises the personal dignity and rights of all Vulnerable People towards whom it has a special responsibility. The Church and individual members of it undertake to take all the appropriate steps to maintain a safe environment for all and to practice fully and positively Christ’s Ministry towards children, young people and adults who may be vulnerable, and to respond sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm.
The Church authorities will liase closely with statutory agencies to ensure that any allegations of abuse are promptly and properly investigated and where appropriate, survivors supported and perpetrators held to account.
The Church wishes to ensure that its parishes and Religious Congregations have the confidence to enable children, young people and vulnerable adults to have peace of mind, knowing they will be cared for and loved by their Christian community.
If you have any concerns about the immediate safety of someone who is vulnerable you should contact the police or your local social services department. Please follow safeguarding good practice guidance (see CSAS procedures).
John Creedon (interim) - Diocesan Safeguarding Co-ordinator
Contact John if you need:
By phone on 0114 256 6453, 07909 117964 or by e-mail at email@example.com
For urgent Safeguarding issues, or if you have any worries about a child or adult who may be at risk, please contact the Police or the Social Care unit of your Local Authority.
Fr. Peter D McGuire - Clergy Advisor for Safeguarding
Contact Fr Peter if you:
By phone on 01246 432 289 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jo Pearson - Safeguarding Administrator
Contact Jo (Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 4.30pm) for:
By phone on 0114 256 6453 or by e-mail at email@example.com
Amanda Bramall - Database Assistant
Contact Amanda on (Thursday 8am - 4pm) if you have any queries about:
By e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hallam Catholic Safeguarding Commission:
- Seeks to implement National and Diocesan Policies, Guidelines and Procedures on the safeguarding, care and protection of children, young people and adults who may be at risk.
- Works closely with the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) and through Parish Safeguarding Representatives and Designated Link Persons.
- Secures a strategy for the promotion of good and safe environments in all parishes and other apostolic works throughout the Diocese.
- Has advisory, supportive and monitoring functions and exists to discharge these functions at a strategic level in all matters relating to safeguarding in the Diocese/Religious Congregations.
- Is responsible for the assessment of needs to check safeguarding funding is adequate; ensuring safe process and the minimisation of risks.
- Co-operates with statutory bodies which have particular responsibilities in these areas.
Mr Charles Neal, Chair - Bell & Buxton Solicitors
Fr. Martin Clayton, Priest/Representative for Council of Clergy
Bishop Ralph Heskett, Bishop of Hallam
Mr Philip Patterson, Co Director of Education, Diocese of Hallam
Sr Clare Smith, Religious Advisor for Safeguarding
Victoria Horsefield, Sheffield Safeguarding Children's Board Manager
Mrs Sheilagh Preston, Trustee of the Diocese of Hallam
Mr Dave Coefield, Local Safeguarding Representative Link Person
Mrs Cath Ratcliffe, Local Safeguarding Representative Link Person
DS Matthew Bolger (Safeguarding Adults / CID), South Yorkshire Police
Members of the Commission are either recruited to the Commission in line with the standards agreed by the National Catholics Safeguarding Commission and the Conference of Bishops of England and Wales for the implementation of “Towards a Culture of Safeguarding” or nominated by their agency.
If you have any concerns about any aspect of safeguarding practice in the Diocese or want to raise anything with the Commission, you can write to the Commission Chairs via the Hallam Pastoral Centre, St Charles Street, Sheffield, S9 3WU – marking your envelope as private and confidential for the attention of the Commission Chairs.
Their role is to be the contact of safeguarding at the local level, helping to maintain a safeguarding awareness at all times. They have specific responsibility for promoting safe practices in all activities involving children, young people and vulnerable adults within the parish, group or congregation. With a sound knowledge of the policies and procedures, they understand who to contact in specific circumstances and are the link between the parish, their organizations, the Diocese and the Commission.
|Local Safeguarding Representatives|
|St Joseph, Retford||Elaine||Brett||07961 580 email@example.com|
|St Joseph, Retford||Sarah||Dowde||07961 580 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Corpus Christi||David||Coefield||07754 471 email@example.com|
|Holy Rood||Christine||O'Sullivan||01226 205 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Immaculate Conception||Mary||Mulkerrins||01246 433 email@example.com|
|The Annunciation||Lizzie||Smith||07599 973 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|The Annunciation||Elizabeth||Stead||07599 973 041|
|The Annunciation||Louise||Payne||07599 973 041|
|The Annunciation||Jean Sarah||Maddox||07599 973 041|
|Our Lady Assumption||Carol||Flanagan||07584 285 email@example.com|
|Our Lady Perpetual Help||Maureen||Cunningham||01302 852 435||-|
|St Joseph & St Nicholas||Tony||Brookes||07721 834 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|St Bede and Forty Martyrs||Angela||Davison||07508 550 email@example.com|
|St Bede and Forty Martyrs||Rosa||Wild||07788 591 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sacred Heart||Fiona||O'Farrell||07958 675 email@example.com|
|St Ann's||Cath||Mansfield||07749 271 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|St Catherine's||Jolly||Babu||07405 615 email@example.com|
|St Catherine's||Modesta||Chindeka||07405 615 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|St Patrick||Angela||Atsomeh||07512 784 880||-|
|St Vincent||Russell||Byrnes||07775 573 email@example.com|
|OLST||Frances||Glaze||07593 572 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mother of God||Christopher||Tonge||07518 073 491||-|
|St Joseph||Karen||Durbin||07810 315 547||-|
In addition, as part of Diocesan attempts to embed safeguarding appropriately in all aspects of Diocesan life and ministry, Designated Link Persons have been appointed to groups which provide other support services and ministry across the Diocese, rather than specifically in Parishes. These include:
Mrs Rose Shay, Lourdes Pilgrimage Vulnerable Adult
Dr John Cornell, Lourdes Pilgrimage Young People
Mrs Pauline Mulcrone, Society of St Vincent de Paul e-mail: mulcrone.Pauline@gmail.com
Mrs Sue Tym, Carmel Care
Tel: 07971695722, Email: email@example.com
Ms Lorraine Healy, Society of St Vincent de Paul Furniture Store
Tel: 0114 2703990, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracey Harrison-Marr, St Wilfrids Centre
Mr Jeremy Cain, Catholic Aid for Overseas Development e-mail-: email@example.com
Mrs Michaela Jones, Hallam Catholic Youth Ministry
Mrs Sue Tym, Family Focus Project
Mrs Tamara Fieldsend Polish School and Mission (Sheffield Polish Parish)
The Designated Link Persons can be contacted through the safeguarding office or through their organisations website.
CSAS is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Church’s safeguarding policy. Mandated by the Conference of Bishops and Conference of Religious, it aims to ensure that standards are met and policies are implemented.
More info and procedural information can be found at www.csas.uk.net.
Or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0121 237 3740.
Role of the National Commission:
- Sets the strategic direction of the Church’s safeguarding policy and monitors compliance.
- Ensures standards are met and polices are implemented
For more information visit www.catholicsafeguarding.org.uk.
Diocesan Safeguarding Co-ordinator : John Creedon
The Hallam Pastoral Centre, St Charles Street, Sheffield, S9 3WU
Office: 0114 256 6454, Work mobile: 0790 911 7964
Clergy Adviser for Safeguarding : Rev Peter McGuire
28 College Road, Spinkhill, Sheffield, S21 3YB
Tel: 01246 432 289
Safeguarding Administrator : Jo Pearson
The Hallam Pastoral Centre, St Charles Street, Sheffield S9 3WU
Tel: 0114 256 6453
Hallam Pastoral Centre
St Charles Street, Sheffield S9 3WU, UK