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.
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.’