Our Parishes rely entirely on people who volunteer their time, energy, skills and talents at the service of the Church. Volunteering enables the laity to recognise and use their gifts for the benefit of their parish community, to develop and nurture a sense of welcome to all and to foster a spirit of trust and openness that reflect the values of our ministry.
Safe Recruitment of volunteers
The Catholic Church is committed to doing everything possible to ensure children, young people and vulnerable adults are kept safe from harm. A critical responsibility is to ensure that anyone who is applying to work or minister within the Church, whether paid or otherwise, in a role which gives them direct access to children or vulnerable adults, is selected with the utmost care.
The Church is legally required to operate safe recruitment procedures and as such, for some roles, undertakes DBS checks to fulfil its obligations. This may include a barred list check depending on the nature of the role and whether it involves working unsupervised with a vulnerable group/workforce.
There are four stages of the safe recruitment process
Training for volunteers
The Church has a responsibility to ensure all those who undertake ministry with others are adequately trained in safeguarding matters.
The Church has worked with Educare to provide an e-learning package to help raise awareness of safeguarding within our communities. The e-learning package is available free of charge and consists of six different training modules. As part of the Church’s commitment to safeguarding, all our volunteers will be asked to complete the module(s) relevant to their role upon their appointment. The parish safeguarding rep will advise you what module(s) should be completed. Details of the modules and how to register can be found here. E-Learning flyer
What we expect of our volunteers
The Church appreciates the time and commitment given by our volunteers and will do the best we can to ensure your volunteer experience with us is enjoyable and rewarding. We will treat all volunteers fairly and with respect.
We expect our volunteers to perform the role to the best of your ability and to follow the Diocesan Code of Conduct.
The role of a volunteer is not a legally binding contract and can be terminated by either party at any time.
However, if you wish to stand down from your role we would ask that you speak to your designated support person/parish priest before doing so, to enable a replacement to be found if required.
What our volunteers can expect from us
A designated support person will be advised to you on commencement of your role. We recommend that any support needs or difficulties are discussed with them in the first instance.
If these are not resolved, you may wish to speak to your parish priest or Dean responsible for your parish.
If you have a safeguarding query or concern then you can discuss this with your parish safeguarding rep who will do all they can to help. If you are unable to discuss the matter with the rep then you can contact the safeguarding office on 0114 2566453.
If the concern is urgent and you feel a child or vulnerable adult is at immediate risk of harm then please call the Police or Social Services.
Parish Safeguarding Reps
Many of our parishes have a volunteer safeguarding rep who are appointed following a formal interview and recruitment process. The reps will have a good level of safeguarding knowledge and expertise obtained through a professional role and will have completed an induction and training before commencing their role in the parish.
Parish Safeguarding Reps are the link between parish and the diocesan safeguarding office. They have specific responsibility for promoting good and
safe practices in all activities involving children, young people and vulnerable adults within the parish or congregation. This includes facilitating the DBS
disclosure procedure and ensuring that everyone who is required to go through the process does so.
Parish Safeguarding Reps have a sound knowledge of the national policies and procedures and who to contact in the event of a safeguarding issue or concern.
They also promote Diocesan training and events by displaying information on parish noticeboards, newsletters and parish websites.
Parish Safeguarding Reps are a valuable source of support for all our volunteers.
The contact details for your rep will be displayed in the parish. If your parish does not have a safeguarding rep then the office can signpost you to a
neighbouring rep who can help.
If you are interested in becoming a safeguarding rep for your parish then please contact the safeguarding office (0114 2566453) for information on the
Parish Safeguarding Representative Vacancies
Please note that we have vacancies for a Parish Safeguarding Representative in the following Parishes. If you are interested in applying for this role, please read the attached document and make your interest known to your Parish Priest and contact the Safeguarding Office on 01142566453 or 0142566454 and speak to either Jo Pearson or Marie O’Donnelly for an application pack.
|Parishes with Vacancies|
|St Patrick’s, Sheffield|
|Our Lady & Mount Carmel, Intake|
|St Gerrards, Thybergh|
|St Charles, Attercliffe|
|St Josephs, Handsworth|
|Blessed English Martyrs, Askern|
|Sacred Heart, Balby|
|English Martyrs, Mexborough|
|St Josephs, Wath|
|Our Lady of Sorrows and Saint Francis, Armthorpe|
|St Joseph and St Nicholas, Moorends|
Click here for …… The Role of the Parish safeguarding Representative
Diocesan policies applicable to volunteers
All volunteers are expected to comply with the following Diocesan policies:
More information on the national policies and procedures can be found via CSAS (Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Services) www.csas.uk.net.
Diocesan Safeguarding Co-ordinator – Marie O’Donnelly
0114 2566454 / 07909 117964 email@example.com
Diocesan Safeguarding Administrator – Jo Pearson