Day of Prayer for
Survivors of Abuse 2021
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15, 2021.
It can be hard to imagine that anyone would deliberately want to harm an elderly person, but unfortunately, elder abuse is a widespread problem. Safeguarding is everyone’s business. If you see something, say something.
St Benedict’s Parish has a full safeguarding policy in place, in accordance with Diocesan guidelines.
Every human being has a value and dignity which we as Catholics acknowledge as coming directly from God’s creation of male and female in his own image and likeness. This implies a duty to value all people and therefore to support them and protect them from harm.
In the Catholic Church this is demonstrated by the provision of carefully planned activities for children, young people and adults; supporting families under stress; caring for those hurt by abuse in the past; ministering to and managing those who have caused harm.
It is because of these varied ministries that we need to provide a safe environment for all, which promotes and supports their wellbeing. This will include carefully selecting and appointing those who work with children, young people or vulnerable adults and responding robustly where concerns arise.
All who work with children or vulnerable adults within the Parish must have been through the Parish’s Safer Recruitment Process. Additionally, a DBS check must have been completed and processed by the Diocese of Westminster before anyone can function in a role which has contact with children or vulnerable adults.
Outside organisations use our premises for different activities. All must have an up to date Safeguarding Policy and provide evidence that DBS checks have been carried out.
If you would like any more information on our policies and processes please don’t hesitate to contact one of our Safeguarding Representatives.
To find out more about the policy, click through to the Diocesan website.
For details regarding the IICSA Report click here.
Our Safeguarding Representatives
Our Safeguarding representatives
What we are doing
Here are some of the things we have put in place over the past year.
0800 800 5000
Info on what support is available to support children and young people.
Free & confidential counselling service for children and young people
020 7278 1114
support and companionship for the elderly.
020 7901 1920
For advice and guidance relating to safeguarding within the Catholic Church
080 8200 0247
24 hour confidential advice and support for those suffering domestic abuse
Links to Guidance on Online Safety
A number of websites and organisations to help keep you safe when you are online
WHO TO CONTACT
If you have a concern, however small, about children or adults at risk, please contact us. The Parish Safeguarding representatives are contactable through the Parish Office: 020 8194 2301 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding team on: 0207 798 9350 or by email: email@example.com.
If there is imminent danger/risk please phone the Police on 999
For Parish queries email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 8194 2301