Parish Safeguarding Representative
Every Parish within the Diocese has a Safeguarding rep, who has voluntarily undertaken the role and who has responsibility for raising awareness of safeguarding aims, policies and procedures and promoting good and safe practices in all activities involving children, young people and adults at risk within the parish community. The rep is the link between the parish and the wider team and as such is in regular contact with the Safeguarding Team at the Diocese. Each rep attends training sessions and has a sound knowledge of the policies and procedures ensuring they are implemented and consistently adhered to. The rep is involved in the recruitment of people to roles within the parish and has the responsibility for facilitating the DBS Disclosure procedure at parish level and ensuring that everybody who is required to go through the procedure does so. The rep promotes engaging with children and adults at risk within the parish whilst safeguarding all those involved.
- To promote and raise awareness of the aims and policies of the Safeguarding Commission.
- To implement and maintain the policies and procedures of the Safeguarding Commission.
- To keep up to date with information regarding the safeguarding of children and adults at risk, attending relevant training/meetings.
- To work with the local parish priest and the wider safeguarding community to ensure activities are supported and implemented in the best way possible.
- To manage and maintain records of all “under 18s” and “adult at risk” activities within the parish including details of those who run them.
- To ensure that any person involved in the above is aware and supportive of the safeguarding policies and procedures and consistently adheres to them.
- To ensure all those who use church facilities for example dance classes are aware of the need to keep children and adults at risk ‘Safe in Our Care’ by adhering to the Safeguarding policies and procedures
- Commitment to keeping children ‘Safe in Our Care’
- Commitment to the Catholic/Christian principles of the parish
- Willingness to attend meetings/training if appropriate
- Ability to relate well to children and adults.
- Commitment to confidentiality
- Good organisation skills
- Good listening skills
- Ability to work as part of a team
- Ability to build relationships with a wide variety of people
Towards a Culture of Safeguarding
The Church has a responsibility to ensure all those who undertake work in the name of the Church are adequately trained in safeguarding matters. The Catholic Church is dependent on Clergy, Religious and Lay people using their skills and talents to nurture and support the Catholic community. Some will be paid employees, but the majority undertake their work on a voluntary basis. Whilst some will recognise their role as a volunteer, many rightly see their caring and support contribution as part of their Christian responsibility and ministry. But we all have a role to play in safeguarding the young or adults who may be at risk and it is for this reason that the Catholic Church in England and Wales has worked with EduCare to bring you an e-learning package that will raise awareness throughout the Catholic Community in our countries. The e-learning package is part of the Church’s commitment to safeguarding, and is available to all members of the Catholic community free of charge.
Please download the brochure to see the courses available and how to access them.
What do I need to do to access this training resource?
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
- Your email should contain your name, email address, the name of your parish/order/congregation, and your role. For example: Priest, Member of the Religious, Safeguarding Representative, Youth Worker, Teacher, SVP or Other Volunteers, Parent/Grandparent/Guardian, or Other.
- On receipt of your email the safeguarding administrator will register your email address with EduCare.
- You will receive a Welcome Email from EduCare where you will set your password.
Safeguarding Policy and Procedures Manual
The new CSAS Website
A new CSAS (Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service) website has been launched. The website can be accessed via www.csas.uk.net and the new site replaces the following different websites that were already in existence.
- The main CSAS site
- The resources area
- CSAS procedures manual