“Every human being has a value which we acknowledge as coming directly from God's creation of male and female in his own image and likeness. We believe therefore that all people should be valued, supported and protected from harm. We recognise the personal dignity and rights of vulnerable people towards whom the Church has a special responsibility.”
Caritas Westminster follows National Safeguarding procedure as advised by the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service.
Full details of the policy can be found here: http://www.csasprocedures.uk.net/contents.html#intro
Safeguarding and the volunteer service
Any organisations registering on the site must have a safeguarding procedure in place.
Parishes advertising volunteering opportunities should follow the Diocese of Westminster Safeguarding volunteer procedure found here: http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/safer-recruitment-and-dbs-1/
DBS checks are not required for all volunteers. They are needed in situations where volunteers have contact with children (under 18s) or vulnerable adults. If you are unsure whether a DBS check is needed please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For those within the Diocese of Westminster community, the diocesan safeguarding team offer free online training on several safeguarding issues. To find out more, please visit their website here: http://rcdow.org.uk/diocese/safeguarding-about-our-training/