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At St Joseph's the Safeguarding Officer is:  

Jane Gilbertson

Contact Number:  

01254 830 995

If you think that a child is at risk please inform one of the above Officers. If you think that a child may come to immediate harm or is at risk of immediate harm - please ring 999.


For further information, please see our Safeguarding Policy on the website of the Archdiocese: www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/


Please note that any person of age who wishes to volunteer in a parish role MUST first speak to a Safeguarding Officer in the Parish Office before commencing the volunteer role. Information will then be given in respect of proceeding with the Disclosure and Barring Scheme, (D&B check).


Please note you will not be allowed to start the volunteer role before the D&B check has been completed and the documents have been seen by one of the Parish Safeguarding Officers.

The role of the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Commission: (Administered by the safeguarding Department) is:


To ensure that clergy and volunteers are made aware of the agreed procedures contained in the parish resource pack and that they are implemented in each parish.


To advise the Archbishop on child safeguarding issues.

To ensure that clergy and volunteers are made aware of the agreed procedures contained in the parish resource pack and that they are implemented in each parish.


To enquire into any allegation of or concern for inappropriate behaviour or actual abuse of children or vulnerable adults by any person working for the Archdiocese either paid or voluntary, and to liaise with the statutory authorities.

To ensure that there is appropriate pastoral care and support for victims and those against whom allegations have been made.


The Safeguarding Department can be contacted for advice on:

Telephone: 0151 522 1043

Email: safeguarding@rcaol.co.uk

Fr. Peter Charles Crowther obl. sbso | The Presbytery, Bury Lane, Withnell, Chorley, PR6 8SD | Tel 01254 830 995 | Archdiocese of Liverpool 1199714


© 2023 St Joseph's Catholic Church, Withnell. All Rights Reserved.

This is being forwarded on behalf of CSAS via Alex Griffiths Safeguarding Co-Ordinator

Dear Safeguarding Co-ordinators


In consultation with the NCSC, Collette has asked me to write to you regarding the statement for the Policy Position on Reporting Abuse. To avoid ambiguity, the NCSC has confirmed the statement below as the policy position. The National Policy and Procedure will be strengthened to reflect. The NCSC recommends that this statement is visible on diocesan and parish websites and in signatures to emails of those working in the church. Whilst the first three sentences are the policy statement which cannot be altered, diocese can amend the final statement to direct to their diocesan safeguarding office.


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 occurred 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 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 in your diocese; (the relevant Diocesan safeguarding office can be located using the interactive map on the links page of the CSAS website www.csas.uk.net - contact details will be shown when you click on the relevant area of the map). You can also contact CSAS by telephoning 0207 901 1920 or via email at admin@csas.uk.net


Kind regards


Anna Gebski


National Catholic Safeguarding Commission

39 Eccleston Square

London  SW1V 1BX