'Safeguarding is Everyone's Business'
'The Church recognises the personal dignity and rights of children & vulnerable Adults to whom it has a special responsibility and a duty of care.
Church, and the individual members of it, undertake to do all in their power to create a safe environment for children & vulnerable Adults to prevent their physical, sexual or emotional abuse'.
Recommendation 4 - A Programme for Action
The Diocese of Wrexham's Safeguarding arrangements are governed by the National Policies for the Dioceses of
England and Wales.
A Diocesan Safeguarding commission oversees the work in the Diocese. It meets four times a year.
Its members are:
Chris Corcoran (Chair)
Alison Brebner (Legal)
Rev Fr Shaji Punnattu, (Priest)
Post Vacant (Religious Adviser)
Colette Owen (Representing the Diocesan Education Service)
Pam Hunt (Parish Link Officer)
Angela Nickin (Police Officer)
Post Vacant (Child Social Worker)
Shelagh Hodgson (Adult Social Worker & Parish Rep)
Steve Sidlow (Mental Health Nurse)
The Bishop has appointed a Safeguarding Co-ordinator to support parishes in implementing safe arrangements to protect children and vulnerable adults:
Mrs Mary Rowlands c/o Bishop's House.
Miss Karen Lewis c/o Bishop's House.
In each of the parishes of the Diocese at least one person is identified as the Parish Safeguarding Representative. Their names and contact details are displayed on the Church premises.
To see more about national policies and procedures, please visit the CSAS website
If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger.
It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased.
If you are in any role within the Catholic Church in England and Wales, you must refer allegations directly to the safeguarding office for your diocese or religious congregation, or directly to the Police.
If you are a member of the public, please refer allegations directly to the police and also to the safeguarding office in your diocese; Mary Rowlands, Safeguarding
Co-ordinator, via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01978 262726.