Safeguarding at Holy Family Catholic Church

  • Holy Family Catholic Church is committed to protect and care for everyone with whom it has contact as part of its ministry, and especially for children, young people and adults at risk.

    To contact the Holy Family Parish about Safeguarding, click here for Parish Office Contacts

    What is Safeguarding and why is it so important to the Church?

    Every human being has a value and dignity which we, as Catholics, acknowledge, as coming directly from God's creation of male and female in His own image and likeness. This implies a duty to value all people and, therefore, to support them and protect them from harm.

    In the Catholic Church, this is demonstrated by the provision of carefully planned activities for children, young people and adults; supporting families under stress; caring for those hurt by abuse in the past; ministering to and managing those who have caused harm.

    It is because of these varied ministries that we need to provide a safe environment for all, which promotes and supports their well being. This will include carefully selecting and appointing those who work with children, young people or vulnerable adults and responding robustly where concerns arise.

    Reporting abuse

    ✠ If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger.

    ✠ It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased.

    ✠ If you are in any role within the Catholic Church in England and Wales, you must refer allegations directly to the safeguarding office for your diocese or religious congregation, or directly to the Police.

    ✠ If you are a member of the public, please refer allegations directly to the police and also to the safeguarding office in your diocese. You can contact the Archdiocese of Southwark Safeguarding Office by telephoning 0207 261 1606 or via email

    The Archdiocese of Southwark

    The Archdiocese of Southwark is committed to the safety and welfare of children and vulnerable adults.

    The Diocese co-operates fully with CSAS, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service, which aims to help the Church become an example of best practice in the Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, and develop a "culture of vigilance" to ensure that children and vulnerable adults in our care are kept safe from harm.

    For the Archdiocese of Southwark website, Click here

    To contact the Holy Family Parish about Safeguarding, click here for Parish Office Contacts