Safeguarding

WORKING TOGETHER TO SAFEGUARD CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE, VULNERABLE ADULTS AND THOSE WHO WORK WITH THEM.

 

THE PARISH SAFEGUARDING COMMITTEE:

Since 2006 The Parish Safeguarding Committee (PSC) has been active in the Parish of Derriaghy. The main role of the PSC is to create a SAFE ENVIRONMENT for children, young people, vulnerable adults, volunteers and church personnel within our Parish. To this end all our volunteers and church personnel have to undergo a vetting procedure and safeguarding training appropriate to their role, which is updated on a regular basis. The Diocese of Down and Conor takes seriously all concerns, suspicions and allegations of child or vulnerable adult abuse made against any member of clergy, staff or volunteers. If you have a concern or suspicion or wish to make an allegation of abuse, there are several ways to address this. You may contact: The Police (PSNI) Social Services NSPCC The Church through the Diocesan Designated Liaison Person. Contact details for all these organisations are available inside the Church or by following this link to the Diocesan Safeguarding Office.

Parishioners wishing to speak with a member or members of the committee can do so via the parish office:

028 9266 0073 (Monday to Wednesday 9.30 to 12.00 and Friday 9.30-12.00)

ROLE OF THE PARISH SAFEGUARDING COMMITTEE:

The PSC undertakes a range of tasks and activities to ensure that key safeguarding messages and best practice are in place at parish level. The main roles of the Safeguarding Committee are:

  1. To form an overview of all parish activities requiring compliance with Diocesan policy and procedures, in particular the vetting and training of staff and volunteers.
  2. To advise parish organisations on their responsibilities in relation to the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  3. To disseminate safeguarding policies and procedures within the parish.
  4. To ensure that all requirements of safeguarding policies & procedures are met.

VETTING & TRAINING:

Currently, there are ten groups active within our Parish – seven parish-based and three independent groups.

Parish Based Groups:       

Altar Servers          

CARA                

Children’s Liturgy      

Eucharistic Ministers          

Children’s Rosary    

Sacramental          

Youth Folk Group

Independent Groups:

Little Oaks Preschool                       

23rd Antrim (Derriaghy) Scout Group                    

Time Out

                  

Although the Parish Safeguarding Committee is not responsible for vetting and training of staff and volunteers in the independent groups, these groups are however included in a yearly audit carried out by the PSC to ensure (1) that they have their own Safeguarding Policies and Procedures in place and (2) that staff and volunteers have been recruited, vetted and trained in accordance with these policies and procedures.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF I HAVE A CONCERN ABOUT A CHILD, YOUNG PERSON OR VULNERABLE ADULT?

As a Parish Community we are all responsible for ensuring that children, young people and vulnerable adults are protected and kept safe from harm. If you have a concern or you are worried about the behaviour of anyone towards a child, young person or vulnerable adult, you should speak to someone. You can pass on your concerns to, or seek advice and guidance from any of the following:

BELFAST TRUST GATEWAT TEAM:  028 9050 7000 (Office Hours)

REGIONAL EMERGENCY SOCIAL WORK SERVICE:   028 9504 9999 (Out of Hours)

POLICE SERVICE of NORTHERN IRELAND (PSNI): 101

DOWN & CONNOR SAFEGUARDING OFFICE: 028 9049 2798

DOWN & CONNOR DESIGNATED LIAISON PERSON:  Mr. Philip O’Hara: 028 9049 2798 (9am-5pm)

DOWN AND CONNOR DESIGNATED LIAISON PERSON: Mr. Philip O’Hara 07534 992 124 (Mobile)

DIOCESAN POLICIES & PROCEDURES:

Parishioners wishing to find out more about the systems and processes that have been put in by the Diocese to ensure best practice in safeguarding and protecting children, young people, vulnerable adults and those who work with them, can do so by accessing Diocesan Policies and Procedures and other important information in respect of Safeguarding via the safeguarding website: www.downandconnor.org/safeguarding

Derriaghy Parish Safeguarding Committee.

January 2020

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