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Safeguarding

St Luke’s Safeguarding Coordinator: Paula Spellar

Telephone: 07866 480216


Safeguarding Coordinator: Mick Thurley
Office Telephone : 020 8505 4199 | Mobile telephone : 07429 215344
Email: safeguarding.coordinator@east-angliadiocese.org.uk


Safeguarding Administrator: Rebecca Bretherton
Telephone:07483 237712
Email: easafeguarding@gmail.com


Our parish and the Catholic Diocese of East Anglia are fully committed to safeguarding in order to ensure that we maintain peaceful, loving and safe Christian communities in which everybody, particularly young and vulnerable members, can confidently participate.


The policies and procedures of the Catholic Church of England and Wales are committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church.


We recognise the personal dignity and rights of all vulnerable people, to whom we have a special responsibility. The Diocese, parishes and individuals in it: take all appropriate steps to maintain a safe environment for all; practice fully and positively Christ’s Ministry towards children, young people and vulnerable adults; and will respond sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm.


We will liaise closely with statutory agencies to ensure that we: promptly and properly respond to any allegations of abuse; appropriately support any victims; and hold perpetrators to account.


All allegations of abuse reported to the Church in England and Wales are immediately passed on to the police. The Church works closely and cooperatively with the statutory authorities as these allegations are investigated. Following this investigation, which follows UK law, the Church conducts its own internal investigation, following Canon Law.


The safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults is at the heart of the Church’s mission. There is no place in the Church, or indeed society, for abuse – a grievous crime which can affect people for their entire lives. Victims come first.



Other Useful Contacts

Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 0808 808 8141 (lines open Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 5.00pm)

Childline
: 0800 1111 (phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything – lines open 24 hours)

Cruse
 
(bereavement helpline): 0800 808 1677 (lines open Mondays and Fridays: 9.30am to 5.00pm (excluding Bank Holidays); Tuesday to Thursday: 9.30am to 8.00pm)

NAPAC
 –
National Association for People Abused in Childhood: 0808 801 0331 (support for adults abused as children – lines open Monday to Thursday: 10.00am to 9.00pm; Fridays: 10.00am to 6.00pm)

National Domestic Violence Helpline
: 0808 2000 247 (phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse – lines open 24 hours)

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline
: 0808 800 5000 (phone if you are worried about a child – lines open 24 hours)

Samaritans Helpline
: 116 123 (phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to – lines open 24 hours)

Stop It Now
: 0808 1000 900 (preventing child sexual abuse – lines open Monday to Thursday: 9.00am to 9.00pm (excluding Bank Holidays); Fridays: 9.00am to 5.00pm)

Survivors Trust
: 08088 010 818 (support for men who have experienced sexual assault or rape – lines open Mondays and Wednesdays: 10.00am to 7:30pm; Tuesdays: 10.00am to 12.00 noon and 1:30pm to 7:30pm; Thursdays: 10.00am to 4.00pm and 5.00pm to 7:30pm; Fridays: 10.00am to 2.00pm)