Birmingham Catholic Youth Service promotes the safe recruitment of volunteers in the Archdiocese of Birmingham and works in partnership with the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.
Volunteers to Parish Youth Ministry are largely managed by Parish Safeguarding Representatives who will provide the necessary forms for those who take responsibility for or who have significant regular contact with children, young people or vulnerable adults. Every parish should have a Safeguarding Representative, if you are unsure who this is please ask your parish priest or call the Safeguarding Team on 0121 230 6240.
Birmingham Catholic Youth Service also offers training for parish volunteers, to ensure youth groups operate within safeguarding guidelines, ensuring young people and leaders are kept safe from harm. Please contact your local development worker for more information. (See contacts page)
Any enquiries about the recruitment process of the Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure system should be addressed to the Safeguarding Team.
The Archdiocese of Birmingham works within national guidelines.
These can be viewed on the website of the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service: http://www.csas.uk.net
Are you or someone you know troubled by Abuse?
The Birmingham Safeguarding Team are here to help 0121 230 6240 or by email on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Their staff will do all they can to listen to you and support you to find the help you need. You can speak to them without giving your personal details. If you have been abused in childhood the prospect of speaking out now may be frightening.
You may feel that:
- Your concerns would not be taken seriously
- You are afraid that you may not be believed
- You feel that it may cause problems for your family
- You feel ashamed
- You are afraid you will be blamed
- You feel that it may damage your relationships in the Church
You are not to blame for what happened to you. You will be listened to and your concerns will be taken seriously and acted upon as necessary.
The Safeguarding TeamSafeguarding Co-ordinator – Jane Jones
Administrator – Catherine Salt
The Archdiocese of Birmingham Safeguarding Team
St Chad’s Queensway
Tel: 0121 230 6240
Fax: 0121 236 2699
Emergency Out-of-Hours Tel: 07976 516629
If you believe that a child or vulnerable person is in immediate danger you should call the Police.