Jesuits in Britain, along with the rest of the Catholic church in the United Kingdom, are committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of everyone in our care, and especially those who are vulnerable by reason of their age, or in any other way. And we try to make sure that the same high standards apply in all the works with which we are associated.
We work alongside other church organisations who do this work, especially, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) and the Conference of Religious in Scotland Safeguarding Commission. Read the full codes of practice of the CSAS.
Safeguarding for the Jesuits in Britain is managed by The Safeguarding Commission - a group of people who are all professionally involved in the care and safety of vulnerable people, and dealing with abuse of any kind.
This Safeguarding Commission has three main tasks:
1. To oversee the training of people in all Jesuit works, both Jesuits and others who work with us, to ensure that as far as possible they can keep those they work for free from abuse of any kind. There is a training programme for those who join any work of the Jesuits, and annual training for all Jesuits to keep them aware and up-to-date. There are selection procedures to make sure that those who come forward are suitable to work with young and vulnerable people and can be relied upon to care for them safely.
2. If anyone has been hurt by abuse by any Jesuit or co-worker, to work to ensure that they can be helped, as far as is possible, to cope with the distress caused by that abuse.
3. To manage the disciplinary procedures which would follow from any such abuse; including working with the police, social services, and the central Catholic court in Rome.
The commission meets about six times per year, and most of the people who serve on it are lay people with particular professional expertise in this kind of work: Kevin Barry the chair, formerly of the probation service and the Ministry of Justice, Michael Smith, a Jesuit priest who is the safeguarding officer for the Jesuits and Britain, and five others: a former senior social work manager, a specialist in the care of the elderly and vulnerable people, a police officer , a psychologist and a lawyer.
If you have any concerns about how you have been treated, or if you need any further information, please contact the co-ordinator, Jo Norman, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Towards a Culture of Safeguarding
The Church has a responsibility to ensure all those who undertake work in the name of the Church are adequately trained in safeguarding matters. The Catholic Church is dependent on Clergy, Religious and Lay people using their skills and talents to nurture and support the Catholic community. Some will be paid employees, but the majority undertake their work on a voluntary basis. Whilst some will recognise their role as a volunteer, many rightly see their caring and support contribution as part of their Christian responsibility and ministry. But we all have a role to play in safeguarding the young or adults who may be at risk and it is for this reason that the Catholic Church in England and Wales has worked with EduCare to bring you an e-learning package that will raise awareness throughout the Catholic Community in our countries. The e-learning package is part of the Church’s commitment to safeguarding, and is available to all members of the Catholic community free of charge.
Please download the brochure to see the courses available. towards_a_culture_of_safeguarding_-_c26.pdf
How to access this training resource
1. Email email@example.com to register your interest with your name, email address, the name of your parish/order/congregation, and your role.
2. On receipt of your email the safeguarding administrator will register your email address with EduCare.
3. You will receive a Welcome Email from EduCare where you will sent a password to access the online courses.