Suzanne Myall, Parish Safeguarding Officer can be contacted through the parish office: email@example.com
or find her mobile number on the information poster in the church porch. Texts only please. Susanne will respond as soon as possible.
Message from Bishop Alan Hopes
The Catholic Diocese of East Anglia is fully committed to safeguarding in the Church in order to ensure that we maintain peaceful, loving and safe Christian communities in which everybody, particularly young and vulnerable members, can confidently participate.
We have therefore eagerly adopted and implemented the policies and procedures of the Catholic Church of England and Wales, which is committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church.
We recognise the personal dignity and rights of all vulnerable people, to whom we have a special responsibility. The Diocese, parishes and individuals in it will: take all appropriate steps to maintain a safe environment for all; practice fully and positively Christ’s Ministry towards children, young people and vulnerable adults; and will respond sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm.
We will liaise closely with statutory agencies to ensure that we: promptly and properly respond to any allegations of abuse; appropriately support any victims; and hold perpetrators to account.
-Bishop Alan Hopes
Safe Spaces is jointly funded by the Anglican and Catholic Churches. It is run independently by the charity Victim Support, who are one of the leading charities providing specialist support to survivors of abuse in England and Wales.
We work towards a world where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and the respect they deserve.
Tel: 0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times)
National Catholic Safeguarding Commission, set up in the UK by the
Bishops’ Conference and the Conference of Religious provides advice on
all safeguarding matters. Visit
NCSC website for further information.
All allegations of abuse reported to the Church in England and Wales are immediately passed on to the police. The Church works closely and cooperatively with the statutory authorities as these allegations are investigated. Following this investigation, which follows UK law, the Church conducts its own internal investigation, following Canon Law.
The safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults is at the heart of the Church’s mission. There is no place in the Church, or indeed society, for abuse – a grievous crime which can affect people for their entire lives.
Victims come first. This has not always been the case. The Church deeply regrets all instances of sexual abuse and the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults, and accepts that grave mistakes were made in the past.
This Diocese has a long history of commitment to the safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults, which was reinforced by following the recommendations of the national review of child protection conducted by Lord Nolan in 2001: “ The Nolan Report – A Programme for Action”. The Nolan recommendations were reviewed and updated in 2007, as Nolan recommended, by a new Commission chaired by Baroness Cumberlege: “ The Cumberlege Commission – Safeguarding with Confidence”.
Following these national developments, the Diocese has developed:
1. a structure of a Safeguarding Commission, supporting staff and volunteers;
2. procedures and systems to implement the policies as set out in these pages.
Helpline contact details
Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 0808 808 8141 (lines open Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 5.00pm)
Childline: 0800 1111 (phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything – lines open 24 hours)
Cruse (bereavement helpline): 0800 808 1677 (lines open Mondays and Fridays: 9.30am to 5.00pm (excluding Bank Holidays); Tuesday to Thursday: 9.30am to 8.00pm)
NAPAC – National Association for People Abused in Childhood: 0808 801 0331 (support for adults abused as children – lines open Monday to Thursday: 10.00am to 9.00pm; Fridays: 10.00am to 6.00pm)
National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse – lines open 24 hours)
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (phone if you are worried about a child – lines open 24 hours)
Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to – lines open 24 hours)
Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900 (preventing child sexual abuse – lines open Monday to Thursday: 9.00am to 9.00pm (excluding Bank Holidays); Fridays: 9.00am to 5.00pm)
Survivors Trust: 08088 010 818 (support for men who have experienced sexual assault or rape – lines open Mondays and Wednesdays: 10.00am to 7:30pm; Tuesdays: 10.00am to 12.00 noon and 1:30pm to 7:30pm; Thursdays: 10.00am to 4.00pm and 5.00pm to 7:30pm; Fridays: 10.00am to 2.00pm)
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To break open each Lenten Sunday Gospel before you go to Sunday Mass
6 weekly sessions
Delivered by Mauro Iannicella (six Wednesday evenings)
Wed 17th Feb-Wed 24th March. 7-8pm UK time.
Good News! For those who were unable to join us LIVE for the opening talk, we are now making the video recording publicly available (see below)
(1) Video Recording | Gospel Teaching on the First Sunday of Lent
(2) Discussion Questions on the Teaching
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- Ask your MP to sign a parliamentary motion calling on the Government to introduce new guidance on fetal pain. A new parliamentary motion (EDM 1340) is calling on the Government to introduce new guidance on fetal pain. The evidence that babies can feel pain in the womb, and during many abortions, highlights the humanity of the unborn child and provides another important reason to introduce legislation to protect the unborn child from abortion.
Right To Life UK have set up an easy-to-use tool which makes it simple to contact your MP, and ask them to sign this motion calling on the Government to introduce new guidance on fetal pain. It only takes 30 seconds using this easy-to-use tool. This tool can be accessed by visiting the link below:
Please help stop dangerous ‘DIY’ home abortions becoming permanent.
The UK Government has launched a consultation on whether to make permanent the current temporary arrangement allowing ‘DIY’ home abortions.
Make your submission to the UK Government’s consultation on ‘DIY’ home abortion using this easy-to-use tool: https://righttolife.org.uk/ukconsultation
Ask your MP to support an amendment to help stop forced abortion in Xinjiang, China
There is extensive evidence that many women in the Uyghur Muslim community in Xinjiang, China are being subjected to forced abortions. Lord Alton is currently championing an amendment to the Trade Bill which would give British courts a role in determining whether a country is committing genocide. If you would like to email your MP asking them to support the amendment, you can do this easily using a tool which has been set up on the Genocide Response campaign website which can be accessed by visiting the link: https://genocideresponse.org/
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Mass intentions available to book for All Souls and Our Lady of Lourdes .
Mass Intention Envelopes are available at the back of the church at All Souls & Our Lady of Lourdes or please use your own with Name of Deceased or Intention for, which church, preferred date, or as soon as possible & post through the letterbox. Please write clearly and enclose offering. Thank you so much for your generosity.
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