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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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Blessing of Oulton Abbey Care Home - 6th September 2017

The new Care Home at Oulton Abbey was blessed by Abbot David on Wednesday 6th September. In the 20th century Buckfast supplied five chaplains for the Benedictine Nuns of Oulton and we continue our association with Oulton to this day. The Care Home in the former school was opened in the 1980s. The buildings were no longer up to the standard required thus a new care home was built in the grounds of the Abbey. As a point of interest the Abbey Church was the first church designed by Edward Pugin when only 19 years old. He was the son of A W Pugin.

Summer Food Fair - 15th July 2017

Locally sourced produce available in the Abbey grounds. The event organised by The Grange, the restaurant adjacent to the Abbey Church.

Run to the Son - 23rd-25th June 2017

Diocese of Plymouth at Buckfast - Prayer and Inspiration forMission. Photographs show the Vigil which started at 23:30, followed by Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, then Dawn Mass on Sunday morning celebrated by the Bishop at 05:30.

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 ...

Garden Philosophy and Organics

A walk and talk with the Abbey's Head Gardener.

Plymouth Diocese Silent Retreat in October

Choose from: Friday 6th to Sunday 8th of October (weekend retreat) Monday 9th of to Friday 13th of October (midweek retreat) Friday 6th of to Friday 13th October (6 day retreat)

Buckfast Abbey: History, Art and Architecture - Book Launch and Conference

Come and attend this unique occasion to hear from highly respected authors who have contributed to the forthcoming publication "Buckfast Abbey: History, Art and Architecture" edited by Rev Peter Beacham.