Safeguarding at St Mary's

Being loved and being kept safe go to the very core of the Church’s Ministry to children and vulnerable adults.
  • Parish link: Olwyn Donnelly
  • Please refer to our Clifton Diocese Safeguarding Page here
  • St Marys’ parish recognises and follows the CSAS  (Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service) policies and procedures which are found by scrolling down the CSAS home page here 

Many of you will have heard about the rise of Domestic Abuse during the current challenging circumstances. Relationships that were under strain may be pushed  to breaking point and even the most stable of partners may act completely out of character. Here you will find information about where and how to report domestic abuse and get help.
Phone the Police if you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police.
If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, call 999 and listen to the questions from the operator and if possible, respond by coughing or tapping the head set.
If prompted, press 55 to Make Yourself Heard and this will transfer your call to the police. (NB Pressing 55 only works on mobiles and does not allow police to track your location.)
When 999 calls are made from landlines, information about your location should be automatically available to the call handlers to help provide a response.

Please share these numbers and email addresses so someone in need can find them:

WomansAid National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247
The mix Advice for the under 25yrs. 0808 808 4994
Advice for Male Victims of Domestic Violence 0808 8801 0327
Childline Deals with a vast variety of children concerns including Domestic Violence. 0800 1111

Coronavirus and cyber crime

The text below has some helpful guidance from the Diocesan Insurers regarding cyber crime. It was passed on to us by the Chief Operating Officer of the Diocese, Lyn Murray.

Many helpline numbers and email addresses

Seek help
Freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge 0808 200 0247

Live Fear Free helpline (Wales) 0808 80 10 800

Men’s Advice Line 0808 801 0327

Rape Crisis (England and Wales) 0808 802 9999

Respect phoneline 0808 802 4040

Galop (for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people) 0800 999 5428

Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline 0800 027 1234

Scottish Women’s Aid 0131 226 6606

Women’s Aid Federation (Northern Ireland) 0800 917 1414

Karma Nirvana
Karma Nirvana runs a national honour-based abuse helpline. 0800 5999 247

Hestia provides a free mobile app, Bright Sky, which provides support and information to anyone who may be in an abusive relationship or those concerned about someone they know.

Chayn provides online help and resources in a number of languages about identifying manipulative situations and how friends can support those being abused.

Imkaan are a women’s organisation addressing violence against black and minority women and girls.

Southall Black Sisters offer advocacy and information to Asian and Afro-Caribbean women suffering abuse.

Stay Safe East provides advocacy and support services to disabled victims and survivors of abuse.

SignHealth provides domestic abuse service support for deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL). 020 3947 2601

Shelter provide free confidential information, support and legal advice on all housing and homelessness issues.

Sexual Assault Referral Centres provide advice and support services to victims and survivors of sexual assault or abuse. 

The Silver Line - free helpline for older people

The Silver Line is a  free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, they have now joined forces with Age Uk. Together they are available 24  hrs a day.  With an aging population and therefore parish, we hopefully know who are our vulnerable people, particularly those who live alone. Some, including those who  have taken up the mantle to provide additional support may wish to have someone  speak to someone not connected with their parish. This may be a valuable resource.

Useful links and resources for internet safety

Useful links and resources for internet safety

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) is a voluntary organisation chaired by Ministers from the Department for Education and the Home Office. UKCCIS brings together over 180 organisations and individuals from government, industry, law enforcement, academia, charities and parenting groups. Some of the organisations UKCCIS works with include: Cisco, Apple, Sony, Research in Motion, the four largest internet service providers, Facebook and Microsoft.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) has numerous resources for parents and carers and children using the internet; there are several video tutorials on the THINKUKNOW site which is part of CEOP.

Lucy Faithful Foundation is a registered child protection charity which works to prevent child sexual abuse. It runs ‘Stop It Now!’ and ‘Parents Protect.

Stop It Now! reaches out to adults concerned about their own behaviour towards children, or that of someone they know, as well as professionals, survivors and protective adults. Stop It Now! runs a Freephone confidential helpline.

Parents Protect‘ is a site to help parents, carers and other protective adults with information and advice to help them prevent child sexual abuse.

Catholic Youth Work has detailed guidelines on the use of social networking sites.

Internet Matters gives advice on parental controls and is a great way of preventing children accessing unsuitable content online.

Childnet International is a multi-lingual resource site which has a guide on protecting your privacy on ‘Facebook’.

The NSPCC has useful resources for keeping children safe online including sections on Cyberbullying and Sexting. Reporting and Monitoring.

EduCare E-Learning modules

We would really like to encourage as many volunteers as possible to engage with the EduCare E Learning modules. All members of the Catholic community have free access to this thought provoking material, that may just be the information that enables us to recognise a concern and enable it to be resolved. There is an expectation by the Charity Commission that all those who perform a voluntary role which necessitates DBS clearance, should have a minimum standard of Safeguarding training. To gain access to this free resource email  and we will add you to the system. You should then be able to access the material within a couple of days.

Contact our Parish Safeguarding Rep.

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