Policy Statement – Safeguarding in the Catholic Church in England and Wales
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.
Every human being has a value which we acknowledge as coming directly from God’s creation of male and female in his own image and likeness. We believe therefore that all people should be valued, supported and protected from harm. We recognise the personal dignity and rights of vulnerable people towards whom the Church has a special responsibility.
Our parish and community’s goal is to be a place of welcome, where each person is respected and loved, and in which everyone receives and shares their unique gifts. We seek to support and protect each other, recognising that we must take particular care of those who may be vulnerable because of age, illness or disability or who may be vulnerable because of current or past life experiences.
If you have any concerns or queries please contact the Parish office and ask to speak to the Parish Priest or the Parish Safeguarding Representative.
Information about safeguarding, policies, procedures etc. can be found via the following links:
Link to the Diocesan safeguarding page including link to Diocesan Safeguarding Team
Link to the national safeguarding procedures for the Catholic Church http://www.csasprocedures.uk.net/
Link to the Catholic safeguarding resource area http://www.csas.uk.net/resource-area/
Link to National Catholic Safeguarding Commission http://www.catholicsafeguarding.org.uk/
Link to Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service http://www.csas.uk.net/
In May 2009 the Parish of the Nativity of the Lord was officially inaugurated by Bishop Kieran Conry, bringing together in a single united community worshippers from the former Parishes of St Joseph’s in Redhill, Holy Family in Reigate and St Teresa of the Child Jesus in Merstham. Whilst retaining its three Churches, the new Parish is administered as a single Parish under the care of Fr Tony Bridson. Working with Fr Tony are Deacon Tim Murrill and key groups of lay representatives from the three Churches.
Christian Unity is not attained so much by agreement about some shared value, but by doing something concrete together for those who bring us closest to the Lord: the poor, for in them Jesus is present (Mt 25:40). Sharing in works of charity helps us make greater progress.