We recommend registering for free online safeguarding training. This is available for all parish volunteers, especially those working with children and/or adults. This valuable course consists of 7 modules which can be completed in your own time and saved at any point. Please send an email request to johannapeluso@dioceseofbrentwood.org

As Catholics we believe that human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative act of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with Him. Accordingly, we recognise that each human being, irrespective of age or circumstance, should be accorded the dignity and respect due to a child of God.

The Church as a community has a duty to follow the command to love by valuing and protecting the vulnerable. Children are the most vulnerable and have the greatest entitlement to protection.

In order to assist this, the Bishop has appointed Simon Moules as his Safeguarding Co-ordinator and Father David Clemens as his deputy to act on his behalf in these matters. They in turn are assisted by a group of qualified people with experience in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

The diocese confirms that in matters of the alleged abuse of children the ‘Paramount Principle’ will be maintained, that is the welfare of the child is the paramount consideration in all matters concerning the protection of children. Legally, someone is defined as a child up to his/her 18th birthday.

For advice and information regarding safeguarding matters, the Safeguarding Commission (formerly the Commission for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults) consists of those persons listed below.

Safeguarding Commission

Safeguarding Co-ordinator Mr Simon Moules BA (Hons), DipS/W
Safeguarding Administrator Mrs Johanna Peluso
Members Mrs Linda Ransom (Chairman)
Very Rev Mgr George Stokes
Rev Dominic Howarth
Mrs Ann Ross
Mr Mark Fookes BSc (Hons), DipS/W
Mr David O'Brien LLB (Hons), DipS/W, CQS/W, Barrister at Law
DCI Zena Marshall, Metropolitan Police
Rev Robert White
Rev David Clemens BPh, STB, STL, Clergy Advisor for Safeguarding
Rt Rev Hugh Allan BA, O Praem
Consultant on Canon Law matters and communications Rev John Harvey BA (Div), JCL, MCL, KHS