Safeguarding Under Lockdown 

Diocesan Safeguarding Department


“Being loved and being kept safe go to the very core of the Church’s Ministry to children and vulnerable adults. The work of safeguarding has to be seen within the overall mission of the Church. As she seeks to protect the vulnerable and weak, the Church needs to ‘act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God’. (Micah 6:8).
It is a ministry of love and healing and seeks justice for all”.
The Cumberlege Commission 2007

Reporting abuse:

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.

If you are a member of the public, please refer allegations directly to the police and also to our safeguarding Co-ordinator Becky Cawsey  0117 954 0993

Our Commitment to Safeguarding:

‘The Diocese of  Clifton is committed to Safeguarding as an integral  part of the life and ministry of the Church.

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.

Use of Zoom for children/youth ministry risk assessment

Code of Conduct for Leaders and Helpers

Code of Conduct for Children and Young Persons

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.

Seek help

Freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge
0808 200 0247

Live Fear Free helpline (Wales)
0808 80 10 800

Men’s Advice Line
0808 801 0327

Rape Crisis (England and Wales)
0808 802 9999

Respect phoneline
0808 802 4040

Galop (for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people)
0800 999 5428

Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline
0800 027 1234

Scottish Women’s Aid
0131 226 6606

Women’s Aid Federation (Northern Ireland)
0800 917 1414

Karma Nirvana
Karma Nirvana runs a national honour-based abuse helpline.
Telephone: 0800 5999 247

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.

SignHealth provides domestic abuse service support for deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL).
Telephone: 020 3947 2601

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: 0808 800 5000

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

Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse
The Employers’ Initiative on Domestic Abuse website provides resources to support employers including an employers’ toolkit

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.

Women’s Aid
This service runs on Monday to Friday from 10am – 2pm

Other support:

You may wish to contact one of these 24-hour helplines to report abuse


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Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) Policies and Procedures Manual

Diocesan Safeguarding Department