The Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy


Children and vulnerable adults may be in need of protection from abuse or maltreatment in their own home or in other environments including the Church itself. Wherever a child is at risk or concerns are raised about a child, all adults have a duty to act to safeguard that child and promote their welfare. Similarly, with vulnerable adults, Church members need to be aware of how to safeguard which, in simple terms, means taking measures to protect the health, wellbeing and human rights of individuals so that they can live free from abuse, harm and neglect.

The Policy

The policy is intended to provide a uniform standard of best practice in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. It contains the policy statement that articulates the core principles, church documents and legislation upon which it is based.
The safeguarding procedures are built around four key domains:

  1. Safe recruitment and selection practices;
  2. Code of ethical behaviour;
  3. Safe activities and environments, and
  4. Responding to concerns, allegations and disclosures.

Who does the policy apply to?

The Policy applies to everyone who works within the pastoral structure of the Diocese, meaning clergy, religious, employees, students on placement, volunteers in parishes and agencies operating within the Diocese.

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