The Verona Fathers (or Comboni Missionaries as we are more commonly known since the Canonization of our Founder, Daniel Comboni, on October 5th 2003) regard the health, safety and well-being of every person as an absolute priority given that as Catholics we believe every human being has a value and dignity which comes directly from having been created in the image and likeness of God. In the area of Safeguarding, the Verona Fathers in England and Wales are aligned with the Safeguarding Commission of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, who provide advice and guidance on practical issues and on following the Policy and Procedures of the national Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS).
If you have a concern with regard to Safeguarding, you can contact one of our Safeguarding Representatives at the Sacred Heart Church, or Mrs Angela McGrory, the Safeguarding Co-ordinator of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton:
Mrs Ruth Taylor,
Mrs Sonia Clarke,
Mr. Tomasz Chieckiewicz,
Mrs Angela McGrory,
The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton,
The Upper Drive,
Hove. BN3 6NB
Tel.: 01273 859708
CONTACT DETAILS FOR SUPPORT AGENCIES IN THE FIELD OF SAFEGUARDING
IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ENGLAND AND WALES
Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS):
This Service has been established in the Catholic Church in England and Wales to be responsible for driving and supporting improvements in practice. Its primary role is one of co-ordination, advice and support in respect of the wider job of safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk.
Tel.: 020 7901 1920
National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC):
This Commission was formed in July 2008 following the acceptance, by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the Conference of Religious of England and Wales, of the recommendations in the Cumberlege Commission Report “Safeguarding with Confidence” (2007). The NCSC has responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the Church’s safeguarding policy and monitoring compliance. Their seminal document “Towards a Culture of Safeguarding” (2012) forms the basis on which work is being taken forward in relation to raising standards of safeguarding throughout the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
Tel.: 07530 972830
Every person has a right to live their life free from violence, abuse, intimidation and fear. Violence of this kind should never be tolerated or ever justified. On behalf of the Church in England and Wales, the ‘Domestic Abuse Group’ of the Bishops’ Conference leads in supporting the victims, and fighting the scourge, of domestic abuse.
CONTACT DETAILS FOR HELPLINES IN THE FIELD OF SAFEGUARDING
IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
NSPCC: The leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the U.K.
Tel.: 0808 800 5000
Childline: Listening Service for Children.
Tel.: 0800 1111
Stop it Now Helpline: Charity working to prevent Child Sexual Abuse.
Tel.: 0808 100 0900
Action on Elder Abuse: Confidential help and advice on any form of mistreatment of older adults.
Tel.: 0808 808 8141
Age UK: The UK’s largest charity working with older people providing advice and support.
Tel.: 0800 678 1174
National Domestic Violence Helpline: Run in partnership between Refuge and Women’s Aid.
Tel.: 0808 200 0247
Respect: An anonymous and confidential helpline for men and women who are harming their spouses or partners and families. The helpline also takes calls from such spouses or partners, friends and relatives who are concerned about perpetrators of domestic abuse.
Tel.: 0808 802 4040