Safeguarding

Buckfast Abbey


We are 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.

 

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.csas.uk.net 

Safeguarding Q&A

Everyone has a responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of vulnerable people. In England & Wales overall responsibility sits with the Bishops Conference and the Conference of Religious.

Following the release of “Safeguarding with Confidence,” the report of the Cumberlege Commission in 2007, a National Catholic Safeguarding Commission was established. This reports directly to the Conference of Bishops and the Conference of Religious.

The Commission also oversees and manages the work of the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service. This (CSAS) is the National Office with responsibility for developing and supporting the implementation of National Policies and Procedures. It has a primary role in supporting and advising Diocesan Safeguarding arrangements. The National Office meets regularly with Safeguarding Co-ordinators and Officers from the Dioceses in order to improve consistency of practice and identify learning and development needs.

The Religious Superior is responsible for Safeguarding issues at the abbey. He delegates via Trustees to the Safeguarding Commission who together with the religious Superior, appoint a Safeguarding Coordinator. The Commission provides advise to the Superior on best practice and policy  implementation. The Safeguarding Coordinator reports to the Commission and is accountable to the Superior via the Commission.

It is a group of independent professional people, appointed by a religious superior to oversee the implementation of Safeguarding Policies. The membership is made up of people with specific experience and expertise in safeguarding issues and includes representatives from the Police, Safeguarding Organisations, Social Work, the Probation Service and the clergy. The Commission meets regularly to discuss policies and procedures, receive reports from the Co-ordinator and when necessary to discuss investigations and other case work.

The Safeguarding Coordinator has a professional background in safeguarding. The Coordinator is accountable to the Congregational Leader and the appropriate Trustee Body for leading and managing the development of safeguarding practice and the implementation of policy and procedures within the Congregation. On behalf of the Safeguarding Commission, the Safeguarding Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that the Congregational Leader is kept up to date on safeguarding matters. The Safeguarding Coordinator takes the lead in developing preventative practice, as well as responding to allegations of abuse against children and adults and is often a key source of support for survivors or victims of abuse and liaises with other agencies, as required, for the purposes of addressing identified needs.


Andrew Kings

Safeguarding Co-ordinator
Buckfast Abbey
Buckfastleigh
Devon
TQ11 0EE
01364645577
07881 754121

The Safeguarding Representative is the Sidesman of Buckfast Abbey and is a point of contact during services within the abbey. Safeguarding concerns can be raised with the representative during such times, when the Safeguarding Coordinator may be unavailable. The representative also assists the Coordinator with certain administrative duties.

NEVER discuss this with the person who you think is the abuser. If you have witnessed abuse or received an allegation of abuse where a child is in immediate danger you must inform the Statutory Authorities (Police/Social Services). You should then inform the Safeguarding Coordinator/Officer that you have done this. If you think there is no immediate danger you must report the allegation to the Co-ordinator/Officer immediately, who will then inform the Statutory Authorities.

If you think that someone is being groomed, discuss the issue with the Safeguarding Co-ordinator or Officer who will agree with you what action to take.

“Grooming” is a process undertaken by those seeking to perpetrate sexual abuse. This can take months, sometimes years, and will almost inevitably involve grooming of parents/carers. In its early stages, grooming may be misinterpreted as kindness or helpfulness, while latterly it tends to become increasingly coercive and manipulative.

1 – Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors

MACSAS supports women and men who have been sexually abused, as children or adults, by ministers, clergy or others under the guise of the Church.

2 – Grief to Grace  UK –   Healing the wounds of abuse

Founded in Pennsylvania in 2006, Grief to Grace now ministers in several  diocese in the USA, in Canada and in Kingston, Jamaica. With the support of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Southwark, The Most Reverend Peter Smith, the programme was first piloted in the UK in 2011 and established as a UK charity in 2014.

3 – The Survivors’ Trust
 The Survivors Trust (TST) is a UK-wide national umbrella agency for 130 specialist organisations for support for the impact of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse throughout the UK and Ireland.

4 – One in Four

Supporting people who have experienced child sexual abuse and trauma

5 – NAPAC 

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.

6 – ICAP

(Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy) is a charity providing counselling and psychotherapy. Talking with a trained and experienced professional in a safe, confidential, non-judgemental space can help people understand the causes of their distress and pain.