If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger.
It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased.
If you are in any role within the Catholic Church in England and Wales, you must refer allegations directly to the safeguarding office for your diocese or religious congregation, or directly to the Police.
If you are a member of the public, please refer allegations directly to the police and also to the safeguarding office in your diocese; the details of how to make contact with the office by phone or emailare in the safeguarding section of this website. You can also contact CSAS (the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service) by telephoning 0207 901 1920 or via email at email@example.com
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.
Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service,
providing a confidential and safe space for anyone who has been abused through
their relationship with the Catholic Church in England and Wales. For more
information and contact details click on the link Victim and Survivors Help and Support
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:
Interim Safeguarding Coordinator. Following Clare McKenzie's departure from her role on the 8th April, there will be a delay in appointing a successor. During this time, the role of Interim Safeguarding Coordinator will be fulfilled by Fr Joe Wheat, currently Clergy Safeguarding Advisor, working closely with Mrs Jane Black, the Safeguarding Administrator, and Mrs Joan McCarthy, one of our Diocesan trustees who has expertise and experience in safeguarding.
This team will continue to deal with all safeguarding matters and offer advice and assistance as necessary.
The contact details for Jane Black will remain the same; firstname.lastname@example.org Tel; 07884 354729. She can be contacted during office hours and will deal with all routine matters and DBS processing enquiries. For all other matters, Fr Joe Wheat can be contacted on email@example.com Tel; 07967 825278. The Safeguarding Office will be based at 1 Castle Quay, Castle Boulevard, Nottingham. NG7 1FW.
We thank Clare for her hard work and dedication over the past three years; under her leadership, our safeguarding arrangements have become more robust and professional, and she has been extremely supportive to us all. We wish her well for the future.
Jane Black - Safeguarding
Office Telephone Number: 0115 953 9849
Mobile Telephone Number: 07884 354729
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