Safeguarding Policy

Mary with the child JesusParish Safeguarding Policy Statement

Because we recognize that we are a reflection of God’s love to those in our care, we take very seriously our mission to provide an environment where we can bring our children and youth to the Saviour and allow them to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Not only does this environment need to be nurturing, caring and loving, but it also needs to be safe. Sacred Heart Parish values children, youth, vulnerable people and desires to provide a safe place for all who attend. We believe that preventative procedures need to be taken to safeguard our children, our youth, and our staff.

The Parish of Sacred Heart, Mill Hill is committed to the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable People We believe it is never acceptable for any child or vulnerable person to experience abuse of any kind. We acknowledge that the safeguarding of children is the prime responsibility of their parents. Parents must always be alert and ready to seek help should they suspect any danger to theirs or other children. (See the Contacts and Resources page).

 We expect all clergy, employees and volunteers to conduct themselves with the utmost integrity and professionalism at all times and we regard safeguarding as the responsibility of every adult within our parish. We do so in the spirit of the Church’s call to “act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God (Micah 6.8).

As a parish in the Archdiocese of Westminster we adhere fully to Guidelines of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) which was established by the Bishops Conference of England and Wales and the Conference of Religious of England and Wales, on the recommendations in the Cumberlege Commission report “Safeguarding with Confidence” (July 2007)

The NCSC is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Church’s Safeguarding policy for Children and Vulnerable adults, and for monitoring compliance The NCSC sets and directs the work of the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service ( CSAS) which was established to drive forward improvement in practice.

All clergy, parish employees and volunteers who have contact with children and vulnerable people have undergone Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks (previously known as CRB checks).

The parish has appointed Ina Cregan as child safety officer as a first point of contact to provide advice and support to children, parents, employees and volunteers regarding the safety and well-being of children and vulnerable adults.

By implementing an effective, prevention programme within our parish, we create a safe place for all who attend.

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
(Matthew 19:14)