Safeguarding within the Diocese of Nottingham is of paramount importance and the Diocese is dedicated to promoting the safeguarding of all children and adults at risk within its community. Nottingham Diocese aims to proactively embed a culture of safeguarding to prevent abuse occurring in the first instance, and to provide support to individuals who have been hurt by abuse. The Diocese is committed to taking any necessary actions to reduce the likelihood of further harm. Safeguarding staff within the Diocese liaise closely with statutory agencies to ensure that any allegations of abuse are promptly and thoroughly investigated and, where appropriate, survivors are supported and perpetrators held to account.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is described as:-
- The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully… Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.
The definition of Safeguarding adults at risk is described as:-
- Action to prevent abuse or to protect persons thought to be at risk of abuse or neglect or poor standards of care by any other person or persons that violates their human and civil rights.
The Catholic Church acknowledges the value of every human life and promotes the duty to support all people and protect them from harm. Safeguarding is an essential element of the Catholic Church required to fulfil the mission, and calling, given by Christ to value every human life. Following the publication of The Nolan report in 2001, the Diocese has implemented robust Safeguarding policies and procedures relating to the protection of children and adults at risk, which places paramount importance upon the welfare of the victims and survivors of abuse.
The Catholic Church provides a wide range of ministries and activities which children and adults at risk participate in. For example, Children’s Liturgy groups within parishes, Eucharistic Ministers visiting the sick, and a variety of opportunities to participate in the faith through the medium of music. The Church also offers support and care for victims and survivors of historical abuse allegations. The Church also ministers to, and manages, individuals alleged to have caused harm.
The Diocese recognises its responsibility in safeguarding the personal dignity and rights of all vulnerable people and is committed to taking all appropriate steps to maintain a safe environment and to liaise with statutory agencies to ensure that any allegations of abuse are promptly and properly investigated and, where appropriate, survivors are supported and perpetrators held to account.
The members of the safeguarding team and their contact details are as follows:
Clare McKenzie - Safeguarding
Willson House, 25 Derby Road, Nottingham NG1 5AW
Tel. 0115 953 9850
Jane Black - Safeguarding Administrator
Tel. 0115 953 9849
Please make contact through the Contacts page.
The Diocesan Safeguarding Commission
Appointed by the Bishop and acting on his and the diocesan trustees’ behalf the Commission has both advisory and supportive functions. The following links to the Commission page, which is currently under development.
- CEOP - the Child Exploitation Online Protection website
- The National Catholic Safeguarding commission
- The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
- Action on Elder Abuse
- Age UK