Parish of the Immaculate heart of Mary

Child Protection Policy & Coordinator

Child Protection Policy:
It is the policy of this parish to protect children and young vulnerable adults from physical, emotional or sexual abuse and to provide a safe environment for them.  This commitment flows from our common belief in the dignity and uniqueness of every human life.  It is our policy to respect that dignity and uniqueness.  We start from the principle that each child and young vulnerable adult has a right to expect the highest level of care and protection, love, encouragement and respect that we can give.

It is our aim to provide an environment that supports and nurtures children and young vulnerable adults so that they may develop and mature as safe from harm as possible.  While we aim to protect our children and young vulnerable adults from all kind of harm, we accept that some element of risk is unavoidable.  Child Protection Procedures are intended to minimise those risks.

Child Protection Procedures are also intended to assist parish workers and volunteers in identifying ways in which they can safeguard the best interests of the children and young vulnerable adults in their care, and their own best interests as well. 

Purpose of the Child Protection Coordinator:
As mentioned above all members of Parish Groups, run specifically by the parish, are required by the Diocese of Westminster to complete a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check in conjunction with the Diocesan Child Protection Policy. 

It is the responsibility of the Child Protection Coordinator to undertake this task on behalf of the Parish in conjunction with the above guidelines.   A policy of strict confidence is employed when dealing with all personal information.

Kathy Impey