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The Churches of St Austin's, Wakefield, Est. 1828 & English Martyrs, Wakefield, Est. 1932

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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.

Safeguarding in the Parish of St Martin de Porres

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 http://www.csas.uk.net/resource-area

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 Safeguarding Coordinator 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      dragen@talktalk.net                                                                  07816782118                                                        

Mark O’Brien             Mark@elisph.co.uk                                                                    07736157050

David Slingsby         hagdale@btinternet.com                                                            079635655 31                                                                                           

Eileen Worton          eileenworton14@gmail.com                                                        07761386512       

In the event of not being able to contact any of the parish reps  you can contact                          

 Suzanne Mitchell, Leeds Diocesan Co-ordinator (Hinsley Hall)  0113 2618 069 or 0751 559 8523 suzanne.mitchell@dioceseofleeds.org.uk              

 If were unable to contact Suzanne either and you felt it was an urgent matter you could contact Wakefield Social Care Direct on  03458503503  to speak to Wakefield MDC Social Services about safeguarding concerns:



Safeguarding Training 

As part of the Leeds Diocesan Safeguarding framework there is an online e-learning package which is available, free of charge, to anyone within the Catholic Community and is particularly relevant to all volunteers who come into contact with children, young people and vulnerable adults. The modules available are:

Child Protection                                Child Protection – refresher training                            Child Protection in Education

Safeguarding Adults                         Safeguarding Adults – refresher training                      Mental Capacity

Child Exploitation and On-line Safety

For these training packages contact the Leeds Diocesan Safeguarding Co-ordinator, Suzanne Mitchell, or her assistant , Joanne  Clark, including your name and e-mail address

Suzanne Mitchell 0113 2618 069                                         Joanne Clark  0113 2618046                    

suzanne.mitchell@dioceseofleeds.org.uk                            safeguarding@dioceseofleeds.org.uk