Safeguarding Under Lockdown
If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger.
It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased.
If you are in any role within the Clifton Diocese, you must refer allegations directly to the Clifton safeguarding department or religious congregation, or directly to the Police.
Our Commitment to Safeguarding:
Supported by and in compliance with the policies and procedures of the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service of England and Wales, we are striving towards a culture of safeguarding where all are safe from harm and abuse and where everyone is encouraged and enabled to enjoy the fullness of life In Jesus Christ through the prayerful, nurturing, supportive and protective endeavours of the Catholic Community, both individually and collectively.
Our commitment applies to everyone who within the diocese. That is Clergy, Religious, employees, seminarians, volunteers and agencies operating within the Diocese.
We aim to be a place of welcome, where each person is respected and loved, and in which everyone receives and shares their unique gifts. We seek to support and protect each other, recognising that particular care may be needed for those who maybe vulnerable because of age, disability, illness or who may be vulnerable because of past or current experiences.
The Diocese will ensure that any allegations of a safeguarding matter are responded to promptly and liaise openly with statutory authorities to support investigations, responding sensitively and compassionately to those in need, and ensuring perpetrators are held to account.
We affirm our undertaking for the Diocese of Clifton to be a place where all come in confidence, and that they ŵill be cared for and loved by their Christian Community.
Guidance for conference calls, especially with young people:
Below you will find risk assessments and codes of conduct documents that may help if you are using the internet to have meetings with young people in your parish or youth group.
Some of the issues we need to consider are as follows;
- Obtaining parental permission via email
- Register to know who was present at each session, also seeking to ensure that no one that had not been invited is present.
- Two leaders at all times in the Zoom meeting. These leaders should have a current DBS clearance with the Diocese. We are still able to deal with DBS issues, so please do contact us. We would like all Leaders to complete at least 1 of the on line Educare Safeguarding courses. We, the Safeguarding team still provide access to any parishioners / helper who requires it providing we have their email address. You can find details at the foot of this page
- We recommend some scripted starter to the meeting advising against oversharing of personal information ie addresses.
- Leaders to consider how to deal with an unexpected disclosure from one of the participants.
- The Risk Assessment covers some additional elements to take account of and action.
Domestic Abuse – Helplines and Information
Here you will find information about where and how to report domestic abuse and get help.
Phone the Police
If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police.
If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, call 999 and listen to the questions from the operator and if possible, respond by coughing or tapping the head set.
If prompted, press 55 to Make Yourself Heard and this will transfer your call to the police. (NB Pressing 55 only works on mobiles and does not allow police to track your location.)
When 999 calls are made from landlines, information about your location should be automatically available to the call handlers to help provide a response.
Hestia provides a free mobile app, Bright Sky, which provides support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.
Chayn provides online help and resources in a number of languages about identifying manipulative situations and how friends can support those being abused.
Imkaan are a women’s organisation addressing violence against black and minority women and girls.
Southall Black Sisters
Southall Black Sisters offer advocacy and information to Asian and Afro-Caribbean women suffering abuse.
Stay Safe East
Stay Safe East provides advocacy and support services to disabled victims and survivors of abuse.
Shelter provide free confidential information, support and legal advice on all housing and homelessness issues.
Sexual Assault Referral Centres
Sexual Assault Referral Centres provide advice and support services to victims and survivors of sexual assault or abuse.
Support for children and young people
Telephone: 0800 1111
Support if you think you may be an abuser
Respect is an anonymous and confidential helpline for men and women who are harming their partners and families. The helpline also takes calls from (ex)partners, friends and relatives who are concerned about perpetrators.
Telephone: 0808 802 4040
Support for employers
Business in the Community
Business in the Community publish a toolkit with information for employers.
Live Chat Services
The service will now run from 3 pm – 6 pm Monday – Friday. Additionally, the team will run a chat dedicated to answering questions from professionals, agencies and workers from 10 am – 12 noon on weekdays.
This service runs on Monday to Friday from 10am – 2pm
You may wish to contact one of these 24-hour helplines to report abuse
- NSPCCChild Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.
- Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.
- National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.
- Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
- Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm).
- WomansAid – National Domestic Violence Helpline – 0808 2000 247
- The mix – Advice for the under 25yrs. www.themix.org.uk
- Mankind – Advice for Male Victims of Domestic Violence. www.mankind.org.uk
- Childline – Deals with a vast variety of children concerns including Domestic Violence. www.childline.org.uk
- Guidance supporting people who may be experiencing domestic violence
Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) Policies and Procedures Manual
Diocesan Safeguarding Department