Safeguarding vulnerable people

The Catholic Church in England and Wales is striving towards a culture of safeguarding where all are safe from harm and abuse and where every person is encouraged and enabled to enjoy the fullness of life in Jesus Christ through the prayerful, caring, nurturing, supportive and protective endeavours of the Catholic community, both individually and collectively. (Source: CSAS)

The Catholic Church and its individual members will undertake appropriate steps to maintain a safe environment for all, by practising fully and positively Christ’s Ministry towards children, young people and adults and responding sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm. This is demonstrated by the provision of carefully planned activities for children, young people and adults, caring for those hurt by abuse and ministering to and robustly managing those who have caused harm. (Source: CSAS)

Read more about CSAS here

Across the 215 parishes of Westminster Diocese there are currently about 275 PSRs (Parish Safeguarding Representatives) who are parishioners with a variety of professional backgrounds and who very generously volunteer in this role by offering some of their time and expertise to help with the implementation of good safeguarding practices. The role is performed with the ongoing support of the diocesan central safeguarding team; together and mutually, PSRs, the central safeguarding team and the parish priests aim at keeping everyone safe from harm and abuse with a particular focus on vulnerable groups (children and adults at risk).

PSRs are the first point of contact at the parish for all safeguarding queries. They are reachable for matters that do not imply an immediate danger to a child or adult at risk, in which case the police should be contacted on 999. There should be a safeguarding poster hanging in visible and relevant areas of the parish with the parish PSR’s name, surname and a dedicated email address where to direct your query. If this is not visible, please do contact the parish to obtain the PSR’s name and safeguarding email address. In St Peter-in Chains Parish the PSR is Pat Hannon.

PSRs should access and check this account on a regular basis (at least once a week). If your PSR for any reason is not reachable and you do have a safeguarding matter that requires attention please do not hesitate to contact the diocesan central safeguarding team

You can read more about Safeguarding in the Diocese of Westminster and people to contact here.

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility if we wish to contribute to a better society for all.