Safeguarding In The Province
The Spiritans, as a religious missionary Congregation and a member of the Conference of Religious (CoR) adheres to the national Safeguarding Policy of the Catholic Church as agreed by the Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales and the Conference of Religious.
Complying with the policy means:
- ensuring that all activities are conducted safely by applying the principles of ‘Creating a Safe Environment’ as per the national policy.
- ensuring all personnel involved (including religious and laity) are recruited under Safer Recruitment Guidelines and obtain a CRB Disclosure for working with vulnerable groups.
- that all persons, whether religious or lay, involved in active ministry participate in suitable and appropriate Safeguarding training.
The Spiritans’ Safeguarding Policy and Procedures is thus based on the principles and guidelines set out in the National Safeguarding policy:
- Respect for the innate dignity of every person is a fundamental principle.
Integral to this is the recognition of the right of all children, which must be respected, protected, cared for and nurtured – a right rooted in the Gospel and Christian tradition as well as in international, domestic and canon law.
The province will always liaise closely with statutory agencies to ensure that if a disclosure is made, procedures are in place that allow for transparent practices.
It is always possible to speak to a member of the provincial Safeguarding Commission or local Safeguarding representative in total confidence.
For further enquiries
Fr. Uchenna Odenigbo, C.S.Sp.
Safeguarding Co-ordinator, British Province
St Anne’s Presbytery,
Carruthers Street, Ancoats,
T: 0161 273 2813
M: 0785 411 9016