Safeguarding

Safeguarding Policy
As part of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, and Scotland, the British Province of Carmelites (Carmelite Charitable Trust) gives paramount importance to safeguarding the welfare of its members and those amongst whom they minister, particularly the most vulnerable. The Province is committed to maintaining the highest standards of Safeguarding in relation to children, young adults, and adults at risk.
 
Through educational programmes, and in cooperation with the Statutory Authorities and the Dioceses where we minister, we strive to build a society and culture where awareness, alertness, and transparency are at the core of our Safeguarding.
 
Where stipulated for their work/ministry, all friars, employees, and representatives of the Province complete checks by The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
 
Safeguarding Coordinator
The British Province of Carmelites employs a Safeguarding Coordinator to advise the Province on matters of good practice in the area of Safeguarding, and is the link between the Province and The Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS). CSAS is responsible for driving and supporting improvements in Safeguarding practice. Its primary role is one of co-ordination, advice and support in respect of the wider job of Safeguarding children, young people, adults at risk, and those who minister to them.
 
The Safeguarding Coordinator for the British Province of Carmelites is Miss Julie Courtney. Anyone can contact Julie with regard to Safeguarding issues within the British Province of Carmelites:
 
  • by telephone: 07813 897999
  • by e-mail to safeguarding@carmelite.org
  • by writing to: The Safeguarding Coordinator, c/o Carmelite Provincial Office, The Friars, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7BX, United Kingdom (correspondence will be forwarded unopened)
 
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 occured 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/Coordinator 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/Coordinator in your diocese or religious congregation. Contact details can be found using the interactive map on the links page of the CSAS website www.csas.uk.net (details will be shown when you click on the relevant area of the map). You can also contact CSAS by telephoning 07855 123398 (advice and abuse reporting) or 0207 9011920 (office) or via email: admin@csas.uk.net
 
Safeguarding within the Carmelite Third Order Secular ('Lay Carmel')
For information regarding Safeguarding practice within the Carmelite Third Order, please contact the Safeguarding Coordinator.
 
Further resources
  • NSPCC - Child Protection helpline (lines free and open 24 hours if you are worried about a child): 0808 800 5000
  • Thirtyone:eight (formerly Churches Safeguarding Advisory Service) - helpline: 0303 003 11 11
  • Samaritans (confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair) - free 24-hour helpline: 116 123
  • Mind (promoting the views and needs of people with mental health problems) - phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)