Safeguarding and Child Protection

The Archdiocese of Southwark is committed to the safety and welfare of children and vulnerable adults.

The Diocese co-operates fully with the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service, which aims to help the Church in maintaining best practice in the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, and providing a “culture of vigilance” for children and vulnerable adults in our care.

The Church has a responsibility to ensure that all those who undertake work in its name, whether Clergy or lay people undertaking work on a voluntary basis, are adequately screened and trained in safeguarding matters.  Screening takes place at a number of levels, including a formal check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).  This process is administered by the Parish Safeguarding Representative.

Everyone has a role to play in safeguarding the young or adults who may be at risk. Therefore please report any concerns to the Parish Priest, Father Behruz Rafat on 01580 762785 (or in emergency on 0790 398646), or Janet Brierley, Parish Safeguarding Representative, on 01580 762526 .