Everyone has a responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of the young and the vulnerable. In England and Wales overall responsibility sits with the Bishops Conference and Conference of Religious. Safeguarding in the parsih is carried out in line with the guidance from these two bodies.
The diocese has a specially dedicated site for the Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults in the Diocese of Leeds
Safeguarding involves having responsibility for keeping our children, young people or vulnerable adults safe from harm. When all of our parishioners are aware of safeguarding issues and report any concerns, we can make a real difference to the safety and well-being of the vulnerable members of our community. In many cases the Leeds Diocesan Safeguarding framework does require volunteers to undergo DBS checks but this is only a part of a joined up safe-guarding culture which is an essential part of any healthy community. Everyone agrees that a community like a parish does indeed need to have a safeguarding procedure and we all share the responsibility of making sure it works. All volunteers, whoever they are, who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults need to get DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) clearance as part of this good practice (DBS has replaced CRB (Criminal Records Bureau)). Any small inconvenience in submitting to this discipline is a price well worth paying to help to build the kind of parish culture where everyone is safe. For further information about good safeguarding-procedure see www.csas.uk.net/
Fortunately, instances of cases of abuse of children, young people and vulnerable adults are relatively rare but every case is one too many. Often when such abuse does occur there were people who knew or suspected something but just kept quiet about it. If you see or hear anything that worries you phone one of the St Martin de Porres safeguarding reps or the Diocesan SafeguardingCoordinator urgently (phone numbers below). They will treat this very confidentially and know what to do or, if not, know how to refer it to someone else who does.
Your Parish Safeguarding Representatives for St Martin de Porres are:
Barbara Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org 078 167 82118 (St Austin's Players/Parish Centre liaison)