The safeguarding policy of St Edmund’s, Beckenham is based on the principle that everyone in our community is welcome and loved. We are lucky to have a vibrant parish, with many volunteers supporting our community groups. We appreciate that our leaders and helpers give their time freely and generously, and are committed to the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of all children, young people and vulnerable adults in their care. We welcome volunteers at St Edmund’s and commit to giving all our employees and volunteers the appropriate support and training to ensure their own safety and the safety of their groups. Our policy is in place to safeguard every member, leader and helper.
Everyone who works with children and vulnerable adults has a duty to help protect them. Our policy helps group leaders and members to identify people who might need to be referred to the Social Services, Police, NSPCC etc. and also to protect themselves and learn how to keep themselves safe, and to ask for help when they need it. It’s important that we recognise that abuse could happen in any – and our own parish.
Thank you in advance for reading this policy, which is available HERE.
Let’s use it to build a stronger St Edmund’s.
Fr Steve Wymer, Parish Priest