We all have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of everyone, whether they worship in our Church or join us for activities. Everyone should be treated with respect and consideration and particularly by taking care of those who may be vulnerable.
“All applicants for paid or voluntary work with children, young people and vulnerable adults must be interviewed before being appointed, The interview might be conducted by the Parish Priest, group leader and Local Safeguarding Rep. As to the degree of formality, the interviewers should bear in mind the nature of the post/role, level of responsibility it carries, and the maturity and experience of the applicant.” (Parish Pack p.32 and 33)
A Simple “Safe Recruitment” Guide for Applicants
You may get into volunteering because your priest asks you, you see an advertisement in your Parish or organisation newsletter, on the website or you hear an announcement at mass. If your priest asks you to be involved in a project, it is good practice to remind him that there is a process to follow and that you may need a DBS check.
We hope that you will sign up to some of the training sessions which are available. If you feel that the group you have joined needs some bespoke updated information or greater safeguarding awareness, please ask the safeguarding office (see training page).
Please note that by September 2014, all volunteers and paid workers should have access to an e-learning safeguarding training package designed with the Catholic Church context in mind.