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Safeguarding in our Parish

Our Lady of the Visitation has a full safeguarding policy in place, in accordance with Diocesan and national guidelines.


Our Lady of the Visitation Parish Church has a full safeguarding policy in place, in accordance with Diocesan and National guidelines.

Every human being has a value and dignity which we as Catholics acknowledge as coming directly from God’s creation of male and female in his own image and likeness. This implies a duty to value all people and therefore to support them and protect them from harm. In the Catholic Church this is demonstrated by the provision of carefully planned activities for children, young people and adults; supporting families under stress; caring for those hurt by abuse in the past; ministering to and managing those who have caused harm.

It is because of these varied ministries that we need to provide a safe environment for all, which promotes and supports their wellbeing. This will include carefully selecting and appointing those who work with children, young people or vulnerable adults and responding robustly where concerns arise.

All who work with children or vulnerable adults within the Parish must have been through the Parish’s Safer Recruitment Process. Additionally, a DBS check must have been completed and processed by the Diocese of Westminster before anyone can function in a role which has contact with children or vulnerable adults. 

Outside organisations use our premises for different activities. All must have an up to date Safeguarding Policy and provide evidence that DBS checks have been carried out. 

If you would like any more information on our policies and processes please don’t hesitate to contact one of our Safeguarding Representatives.

Who to contact?

If you have a concern, however small, about children or adults at risk, please contact the Parish Safeguarding representative. They are contactable through the Parish Office: 020 8578 1363 or by email: [email protected]

You can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding team on: 0207 798 9350 or by email: [email protected].

If there is imminent danger/risk please phone the Police on 999

For Parish Safeguarding queries email [email protected] or phone 020 8578 1363

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