Safeguarding on Caldey Island.

Caldey Abbey and Caldey Island voluntarily operate under the Roman Catholic Diocese of Menevia in respect of safeguarding issues.  Under that contractual agreement they have opted to follow the principles, policies and procedures as outlined below. 

Caldey Abbey and Caldey Island fully support and endorse the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission statement as follows:-

“The Catholic Church in England and Wales is striving towards a culture of safeguarding where all are safe from harm and abuse and where every person is encouraged and enabled to enjoy the fullness of life in Jesus Christ through the prayerful, caring, nurturing, supportive and protective endeavours of the Catholic community, both individually and collectively.” TaCoS 2012

We have not always been alert to concerns, we have not always responded as we should, but we are listening, learning, changing.

Safeguarding on the island and within the Diocese of Menevia is of paramount importance and the Abbey is dedicated to promoting the safeguarding of all children and young/vulnerable adults at risk within its community. Caldey Abbey, with the support and assistance of the Menevia Diocese, aims to proactively embed a culture of safeguarding to prevent abuse occurring in the first instance, to provide support to individuals who have been hurt by abuse, and take the necessary actions to reduce the likelihood of further harm.

The Abbey Safeguarding Representative and the Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator liaise closely with statutory agencies to ensure that any allegations of abuse are promptly and thoroughly investigated and where appropriate, survivors supported and perpetrators held to account.

Caldey Abbey and Caldey Island also support the All Wales Child Protection Procedures, which may be found at www.childreninwales.org.uk/our-work/safeguarding. They are based on the principle that the protection of children from harm is the responsibility of all individuals and agencies working with children and families, and with adults who may pose a risk to children. (The 2008 Procedures are currently under review during 2018 by the All Wales Child Protection Procedures Review Group, who have the responsibility for keeping the procedures and protocols up to date and fit for purpose). To this end Caldey Abbey and Caldey Island are supported by and work with those relevant agencies and local authority departments who have a safeguarding remit for both children and Vulnerable Adults.

What is Safeguarding ?

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is described as:-

· The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully… Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

The definition of Safeguarding adults at risk is described as:-

· Action to prevent abuse or to protect persons thought to be at risk of abuse or neglect or poor standards of care by any other person or persons that violates their human and civil rights.

The Catholic Church acknowledges the value of every human life and promotes the duty to support all people and protect them from harm. Safeguarding is an essential element of the Catholic Church that fulfils the mission and calling given by Christ to value every human life.

Following the publication of The Nolan report in 2001, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) has implemented robust Safeguarding Policies and Procedures, regarding the protection of children and adults at risk it also places paramount importance upon the welfare of the alleged victim. www.csasprocedures.uk.net

The Catholic Church provides a wide range of ministries and activities which children and adults at risk participate in. For example, Children’s Liturgy groups within parishes, Eucharistic Ministers, SVP and Parish Volunteers visiting the sick and offering support. The Church also provides care for the victims and survivors of historical abuse allegations.

In addition the Church ministers to and manages individuals alleged to have caused harm.

The Diocese recognises its responsibility in the safeguarding of the personal dignity and rights of all vulnerable people and is committed to take all appropriate steps to maintain a safe environment for them. It will also liaise with statutory agencies to ensure that any allegations of abuse are promptly and properly investigated and where appropriate, survivors are supported and perpetrators held to account.

The Menevia Diocese Safeguarding Co-ordinator contact details are as follows:-

Mr Morgan Beake, Safeguarding Commission, 27 Convent Street, Greenhill, Swansea, SA1 2BX

Tel 01792 468672 Email safeguarding@menevia.org

Emergency contact numbers:- · CSAS 02079 011920 / www.csas.uk.net · NSPCC 0808 800 500 / www.nspcc.org.uk · Child Line 0800 1111 / www.childline.org.uk

· Careline 0300 333 2222

· Stop it Now Helpline 0808 1000 900

· Action on Elder Abuse 0808 808 8141 www.elderabuse.org.uk

· Age Cymru 0800 0223 444    www.ageuk.org.uk/cymru

· National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247

- Live Fear Free helpline 0800 80 10 800

- Women’s Aid 0808 2000 247  www.womensaid.org.uk

- Children in Wales :- 029 2034 2434    www.childreninwales.org.uk

· Local Authority Safeguarding Team Offices:

· Blaenau Gwent 01495 315700

· Carmarthenshire 01267 228944

· Swansea 01792 456999

· Neath Port Talbot 01639 683021

· Powys 01597 827666

· Ceredigion Child 01545 572639 Adult 01545 572111

· Pembrokeshire 01437 764551 Child Ext 6644, Adult Ext 6071