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Safeguarding at Buckfast Abbey

Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service [CSAS]
The CSAS has been established to be responsible for driving and supporting improvements in practice in safeguarding. Primarily its role is coordinating, advising and providing expert support in respect of the broad remit of safeguarding children, young people and adults with vulnerabilities. To access the national safeguarding policies and procedures of the Catholic Church of England and Wales please follow this link: www.csasprocedures.uk.net


Buckfast Abbey is committed to the application of the Safeguarding standards and polices of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. This involves taking all reasonable steps to protect children, young people and adults who may be vulnerable to any form abuse or maltreatment by promoting a safe environment. The Abbey has its own Safeguarding Commission which routinely meets quarterly and otherwise as necessary to assist the Abbey in adhering to these standards. The Commission is supported by an Independent Safeguarding Coordinator, has independent membership involving statutory agencies and is independently chaired.

Safeguarding Contacts:

Independent Safeguarding Coordinator (Gary Gunby) - 01364 645594
 Religious Lead for Safeguarding (Fr Dominic) - 07771538277  
 Independent Chair Safeguarding Commission (Prof. Malcolm Cowburn)
Towards a Culture of Safeguarding
News: On the 20th of July 2015 the Catholic Church in England and Wales launched Safeguarding e-Learning.
The Catholic Trust of England and Wales has purchased an e-learning programme that is available to every member of the Catholic Community in England and Wales. Details of how to participate are posted on the Buckfast Abbey Intranet for those who work at, or are associated with, the Abbey. This e-learning package is part of the Church’s commitment to safeguarding, in recognition that we all have a role to play in creating an environment where every person is safe from harm and abuse.

If you have a role working with children, young people or adults who may be vulnerable, or if you are a parent who wants to understand on-line safety, we encourage you to read this e-learning safeguarding brochure. This explains what programmes are available via e-learning and how to access the programmes that interest you.
Individuals can access the e-learning programme via their Local Diocese Office, where it is available through their own websites under Safeguarding.

The Catholic Church is believed to be the first faith community, in the UK or indeed in the world, to offer safeguarding e-learning to every member of its community ‘free of charge.’


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Buckfast Abbey Millennium Garden - May 2017

The Royal Horticultural Society 2017 - Malvern Spring Festival The garden setting is a tranquil scene. At the heart of the garden is a stag in a glade of silver birches drinking from a pool. Around this scene is a meandering path suggesting a river bed. The motto of the Abbey is taken from psalm 41/42: “As a deer longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for you, O God.” The name Buckfast means ‘land of the deer’ and the Abbey is on the banks of the River Dart. The garden commemorates Buckfast Abbey’s upcoming millennium. The Buckfast Garden won thr RHS Show Garden SILVER MEDAL and also the BEST IN SHOW from the public vote.

CWL Annual Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Buckfast - 13th May 2017

Catholic Women's League Pilgrimage 2017. The Bishop of Plymouth, the Rt. Rev. Mark O'Toole celebrated the Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the Abbey Church.

Arrival of the new Ruffatti Organ - 26th April 2017

The new organ for the Abbey Church arrived at the end of April. Construction will continue for some months. Information about the new organ can be found at the Abbey Website on the Music page at: https://www.buckfast.org.uk/ruffattiorgan

Mary: Icon of the Church

Mary – Icon of the Church
The Role of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The doctrine of the Trinity contains within it the reason for the uniqueness of humanity’s relationship with God – Jesus, being true God and true man unites divinity ...

Kindness: a School Mass

Kindness – a School Mass

Jesus says that we must love others as he loves us. We must think about what he might mean by this. In the first place we know that he showed his love by allowing ...

Baptism of Teddy

Baptism of Teddy

Living as a Christian means wanting to be a complete human being. We easily think of the Christian claim that Jesus is God, but we should also think that Jesus is a human being in the fullest ...

Trees and Shrubs with the Garden Department

A walk and Talk with the Abbey's head gardener looking at the many varieties of tree and shrubs we grow in the Abbey grounds.

Plymouth Diocese Silent Retreat - May Weekend

Friday 26th to Sunday 28th of May - £140

George Malcolm Memorial Series - at The Grange Restaurant 27th May

George Malcolm Memorial Series at the Grange Restaurant. 19:30 Saturday 27th May 2017 Pre-concert dinner available at the Grange Restaurant at 18:00