Safeguarding Children


The Church recognises the personal dignity and rights of children and young people towards whom it has a special responsibility and duty of care.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Community is committed to the Safeguarding Policies of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults from any form of abuse or maltreatment and to promote a safe environment for them.

This commitment flows from the fact that we are all made in the image of God and the Church's common belief in the dignity and uniqueness of every human life.

We start from the principle that each person has a right to expect the highest level of care and protection, love, encouragement and respect that we can give.

We will liaise closely and openly with statutory agencies to ensure that any concerns or allegations of abuse that are raised are promptly reported and properly investigated, victims supported and perpetrators held to account.

If you have any concerns about the safety of children, please contact Cath Harcula (07905 377064) who is the Child Protection Representative in this parish or  (01159 603010) the Diocesan Safeguarding Co-ordinator.