Church of Mary Immaculate & St Peter Parish Safeguarding Policy

It is the policy of the parish community of Mary Immaculate & St Peter’s to protect children, young people and vulnerable adult 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 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 the vulnerable, so that they may develop and mature as safe from harm as possible.

We aim to protect the child and vulnerable adult from all kind of harm, but accept that some element of risk is unavoidable. Our Protection procedures are intended to minimise those risks.

Our Parish Safeguarding Procedures are also intended to assist our Priest, Parish workers and volunteers in identifying ways in which they can safeguard the best interests of the children, young people and vulnerable adults in their care and in their own best interests as well.

Parish Safeguarding Representative:

Diane Devotta-Hill   – c/o The Parish Office, 63 Somerset Road, New Barnet. EN5 1RF

Diocesan Safeguarding Co-ordinator:

Fr Jeremy Trood – Diocesan Child Protection helpline: 07814 879129

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser:

Mr Peter Turner – 73, St Charles Square. LONDON W10 6EJ. Tel: 020 8969 5305 Fax: 0208 8960 1464

National Childline Phone number: 0800 1111

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline : 0800 800 500

Barnet Police Station: 0208 200 1212