Worth Abbey is committed to promoting the highest standards of safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. The monastic community of Worth Abbey respects and values the personal dignity and rights of all people, and recognises that it has a special responsibility towards those who are young or vulnerable. The Abbey is also committed to taking all appropriate steps to maintain a safe environment for all, to practice fully and positively Christ’s ministry towards children, young people and vulnerable adults, and to respond sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to promote their wellbeing and to help keep them safe from harm.

Worth Abbey is committed to working within the safeguarding policies and structures of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. This commitment is expressed by the Abbey’s alignment with the Safeguarding Commission of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.  The safeguarding policies and procedures set out in this document are informed by and congruent with best practice as described in UK national and local guidance, especially that of the West Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board (“LSCB”) and best practice for Roman Catholic Church agencies, as set out in the guidance and advice published by the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (“NCSC”) and the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (“CSAS”), and especially on the Catholic Safeguarding Resource Area available from CSAS and Diocese of Arundel and Brighton resources webpage.

The monitoring and application of this policy remains a high priority for Worth Abbey.

Worth Abbey will liaise closely and openly with Worth School in relation to all safeguarding issues.  Worth Abbey will also liaise closely and openly with statutory authorities and Diocesan agencies to ensure that any concerns or allegations of abuse that are raised are promptly reported and properly addressed, victims supported and perpetrators held to account.

The Worth Abbey Trust Safeguarding Lead is Fr Aidan Murray. He may be contacted as follows:

 Fr Aidan Murray (Safeguarding Lead)

Safeguarding LeadFr Aidan Murray (Safeguarding Lead)
AddressWorth Abbey
Paddockhurst Road
Turners Hill
Crawley
West Sussex
RH10 4SB
Telephone 01342 710225
 Email amurray@worth.org.uk

Other Safeguarding contacts:

The Children’s Access Point for West Sussex County Council

 Telephone direct line

01403 22 99 00

(9am till 5pm Monday-Friday)

 Fax 01403 754205
 Email cap@westsussex.gcsx.gov.uk

Diocese of Arundel & Brighton Safeguarding

 Independent Safeguarding Coordinator Mr Philip Wright
 Telephone 01273 241203
 Email philip.wright@dabnet.org

 

Safeguarding Links

 Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales www.catholicchurch.org.uk
 Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) www.csas.uk.net
 The Cumberlege Commission www.cumberlegecommission.org.uk
 National Safeguarding Policies for the Catholic Church www.csasprocedures.uk.net