Sacred Heart Parish is committed to the Safeguarding Policies of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from any form of abuse or maltreatment and promote a safe environment for them.

This commitment flows from the fact that we are all made in the image of God and the church’s common belief in the dignity and uniqueness of every human life.

Everyone in the church has a responsibility to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of those who worship in our church or who join us for any activity facilitated by church members.

As part of its commitment, Sacred Heart Parish adheres to the Safe Recruitment

Policy.  When a new volunteer is identified for ministry with children/adults at risk, the Parish Priest or Group Leader passes the information to the Parish Safeguarding Representative who ensures that a role description for the post exists. Where children and adults at risk groups are in progress in the parish, Group Leaders liaise with the Parish Safeguarding Representative regarding volunteer registration so that they can be registered with the Diocese of Nottingham and submit application for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate. Appropriate training for volunteers will be arranged.

If you are concerned about a child, vulnerable adult or a person in distress then you can speak to the Parish Safeguarding Representative, Margaret McGrath: on 01162735715 or the Safeguarding Coordinator for the Diocese, Clare McKenzie on 07501 522362