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Safeguarding

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 Safeguarding Advisor - Fr. Francis Straw
Independent Chair Safeguarding Commission (Paul Northcott)
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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Confirmation - 2018

We were delighted to welcome Bishop Mark to Buckfast on Sunday 10th June 2018 to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation on six of our young people. Here are some photos of a really joyous occasion for the whole parish.

Corpus Christi Procession - 3rd June 2018

Bishop Mark O'Toole of Plymouth officiated at Evening Prayer for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi and the Outdoor Procession.

Corpus Christi Mass - 3rd June 2018

A number of photographs from the beginning of the Solemn Mass.

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 ...

Voces - Dartmoor Resonance

Sacred music from the 15th and 17th centuries

Walk and Talk - Around Sensory and Physics Gardens

June 19th - Tuesday 11am Walk and Talk - Around Sensory and Physics Gardens. £3

Run to the Son 2018

Come and join us! This is a weekend of worship, prayer and fellowship, organised by Buckfast Abbey and the Plymouth Diocesan Evangelisation team, to help inspire you for mission. It is open to everyone in our Diocese and beyond. We just ask that under 18's must be accompanied by a responsible adult.