As a parish, we subscribe to the Safeguarding principals laid down by our Diocese of Brentwood, as follows:
‘As Catholics we believe that human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative act of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with Him. Accordingly, we recognise that each human being, irrespective of age or circumstance, should be accorded the dignity and respect due to a child of God.
The Church as a community has a duty to follow the command to love by valuing and protecting the vulnerable. Children are the most vulnerable and have the greatest entitlement to protection.
The diocese confirms that in matters of the alleged abuse of children the ‘Paramount Principle’ will be maintained, that is the welfare of the child is the paramount consideration in all matters concerning the protection of children. Legally, someone is defined as a child up to his/her 18th birthday.’
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Our voluntary Safeguarding officers in our parish are Katie Chow and Nicola Johnson. Katie has extensive experience in Safeguarding from her role as a senior officer in the London Borough of Havering Children’s Services Department. Nicola also has extensive experience from her role as a teacher and Deputy Head working in schools in the London Borough of Havering, Barking & Dagenham and Redbridge.
Should you wish to contact either person please do so via the parish office.