The Comboni Missionaries (or Verona Fathers as we were more commonly known before the Canonization of our Founder, Daniel Comboni, on October 5th 2003) regard the health, safety and well-being of every person as an absolute priority given that as Catholics we believe every human being has a value and dignity which comes directly from having been created in the image and likeness of God. In the area of Safeguarding, the Comboni Missionaries in England and Wales are aligned with the Safeguarding Commission of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, who provide advice and guidance on practical issues and on following the Policy and Procedures of the national Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS).
CSAS website: www.csas.uk.net
CSAS advisory telephone line: 0207 901 1920
If you have a concern with regard to Safeguarding, you can contact our Safeguarding Lead in the United Kingdom, Rev. Martin Devenish mccj, or Mrs Angela McGrory, the Safeguarding Co-ordinator of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton:
Rev. Martin Devenish mccj,
Comboni Missionaries (Verona Fathers),
Berks. SL5 0JY
Tel.: 01344 621267
Mrs Angela McGrory,
The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton,
The Upper Drive,
Hove. BN3 6NB
Tel.: 01273 859708
The Comboni Missionaries are now working in partnership with Survivors Manchester, who have particular expertise in supporting and advising male survivors of sexual abuse, or those who have been affected by such abuse. Survivors Manchester’s services are, and always will be, confidential and working with Faith Communities does not change that – those who seek help are afforded confidentiality and anonymity, within the constraints of statutory law.
If you have been affected by sexual abuse and would like to contact Survivors Manchester, you can access support directly by using the details below:
Survivors Manchester website: https://www.survivorsmanchester.org.uk/
Contact: Ross Phillips, Senior Trauma Informed Therapist
Telephone: 0161 236 2182
CONTACT DETAILS FOR SUPPORT AGENCIES IN THE FIELD OF SAFEGUARDING IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ENGLAND AND WALES
Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS): This Service has been established in the Catholic Church in England and Wales to be responsible for driving and supporting improvements in practice. Its primary role is one of co-ordination, advice and support in respect of the wider job of safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk.
Tel.: 020 7901 1920
National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC): This Commission was formed in July 2008 following the acceptance, by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the Conference of Religious of England and Wales, of the recommendations in the Cumberlege Commission Report “Safeguarding with Confidence” (2007). The NCSC has responsibility for setting the strategic direction of the Church’s safeguarding policy and monitoring compliance. Their seminal document “Towards a Culture of Safeguarding” (2012) forms the basis on which work is being taken forward in relation to raising standards of safeguarding throughout the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
Tel.: 07530 972830
Domestic Abuse Group
Every person has a right to live their life free from violence, abuse, intimidation and fear. Violence of this kind should never be tolerated or ever justified. On behalf of the Church in England and Wales, the ‘Domestic Abuse Group’ of the Bishops’ Conference leads in supporting the victims, and fighting the scourge, of domestic abuse.
FURTHER INFORMATION WITH REGARD TO SAFEGUARDING IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN ENGLAND AND WALES
The Cumberlege Report: ‘Safeguarding with Confidence’ (2007)
The Nolan Report: ‘A Programme for Action’ (2001)
CONTACT DETAILS FOR THE SUPPORT AGENCY IN THE FIELD OF SAFEGUARDING IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN SCOTLAND
Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service,
274, Bath Street,
Glasgow. G2 4JR
Tel.: 0141 332 7177
CONTACT DETAILS FOR HELPLINES IN THE FIELD OF SAFEGUARDING IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
NSPCC: The leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the U.K.
Tel.: 0808 800 5000
Childline: Listening Service for Children.
Tel.: 0800 1111
Stop it Now Helpline: Charity working to prevent Child Sexual Abuse.
Tel.: 0808 100 0900
Action on Elder Abuse: Confidential help and advice on any form of mistreatment of older adults.
Tel.: 0808 808 8141
Age UK: The UK’s largest charity working with older people providing advice and support.
Tel.: 0800 678 1174
National Domestic Violence Helpline: Run in partnership between Refuge and Women’s Aid.
Tel.: 0808 2000 247
Respect: An anonymous and confidential helpline for men and women who are harming their spouses or partners and families. The helpline also takes calls from such spouses or partners, friends and relatives who are concerned about perpetrators of domestic abuse.
Tel.: 0808 802 4040