ARCHDIOCESE OF BIRMINGHAM
The Safeguarding Team for the Archdiocese of Birmingham is available to provide advice and support whenever it is needed. During office hours, we can be contacted on: 0121 230 6240. If you need to talk to someone outside office hours please use the mobile number: 07976 516629.
If you believe that a child or vulnerable person is in immediate danger, you should call the Police.
We are also responsible for the safe recruitment of volunteers in the Archdiocese. This system is largely managed by Parish Safeguarding Representatives who will provide the necessary forms for those who take responsibility for or who have significant regular contact with children or adults in vulnerable situations. Any enquiries about the recruitment process of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) should be addressed to the safeguarding office by calling 0121 230 6240.
The Archdiocese works within national guidelines. These can be viewed on the website of the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service. If your parish or group would like training please let us know and we will try to meet your needs.
SAFEGUARDING and DBS CHECKS
Within the Archdiocese of Birmingham and across the country, parishioners acting on behalf of the parish and who have significant contact with “children, young people and/or adults in vulnerable situations” are required to undergo a check. This includes an identity check and verification of their suitability to undertake the stated role.
All adults responsible for the training and supervision of Altar Servers are required to undergo the full DBS check. This also applies to RCIA leadership, Youth Club leadership, members of the Legion of Mary and members of the St Vincent de Paul Society. The required checks are determined by Diocesan Safeguarding Policy. All members of the clergy undergo the same checks via the appropriate diocesan office.
Other parishioners undertaking voluntary roles which may involve contact with “children, young people and/or adults in vulnerable situations” are required to complete diocesan forms for identification and reference purposes. Such roles include Eucharistic ministry, leadership/supervision of children’s liturgy sessions and choir supervision.
The processes described above are for the protection of all concerned and are the policy of the Catholic Church. Anyone who does not feel able to submit themselves to these processes will not be able to work with children or groups in vulnerable situations.
Annette McGrath has the role as Safeguarding Representative for the Parishes of St Dunstan and St Jude. If you have any concerns in respect of safeguarding, please do not hesitate to contact Annette either
personally at 10:30am Sunday Mass at St Dunstan’s
by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or via Fr Philip, Fr John or Deacon David