Safeguarding

How we protect our community and parish

Safeguarding

Our safeguarding team arranges for all people in the parish who work with our younger parishioners or with vulnerable adults to be given clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). We are all made in the “image and likeness of God.” Given this clear truth of faith, all abuse, always and everywhere, is wrong. It is a serious crime. We will do all that we can to eradicate it, and to support anyone who is, or has been, a victim of abuse, whether as a child or vulnerable adult. We do this inspired by the love and compassion of Jesus Christ, and following the safeguarding principles and policies of the Diocese of Brentwood. You will find these, and many helpful resources, at www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/departments/safeguarding. The Diocesan policies are based on statutory guidelines and policies, which inform national guidance within the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

If you know or believe that a child or vulnerable adult is in danger of being abused, or is subject to abuse, then immediately dial 999 for the police, who will help you.

If you want to talk about an allegation of abuse, or if you are a survivor of historic abuse and want to talk about it with someone who will listen with sensitivity and care, then please contact our parish safeguarding representative, Mary Johnson, who will be able to help you. An email or phone call to the parish office where you simply say you want to speak confidentially will ensure you are swiftly linked to the right person. You can also phone the national “safe space” helpline on 0300 303 1056. This is a dedicated helpline for anyone who has been a victim of abuse in a Catholic or Church of England faith setting (church, school, or anywhere else run by the church). You will find more information at www.safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk . Our Diocesan Safeguarding Co-ordinator, Simon Moules, and his team, will also help in any possible way, and they can be contacted on simon@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. 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.’

 

Mary Johnson
Tel: 07305 102566
or email: safeguarding-lexden@dioceseofbrentwood.org

“when one loves, one does not calculate.”

St Teresa of Lisieux

For more information on any of our Church Services please contact us here

Join us for Mass

Working with our community for our community

Social Groups

Within our community and Parish we have a number of clubs and groups running to help parishioners connect and engage with other members. These initiatives cater to a wide spectrum of interests.

 

Within our Parish

We are committed to providing support and growth for parish and community members through collaborative efforts with both local and national organisations. 

 

Outside Agencies

Through social action initiatives, churches have the potential to make a significant impact on some of the most pressing issues facing our society today. Poverty, homelessness, hunger, and discrimination are complex issues that require collaborative efforts and long-term solutions.

 

Schools

With a strong commitment to Catholic values and teachings, parish schools offer a safe and nurturing environment where students can develop a strong sense of faith, morality, and character. Our local Primary school is St Teresa's and our local college is St Benedict's.

 

holding hands

Bereavement Support

Bereavement support is an important aspects of the role that churches play in supporting individuals and families during times of loss. When someone experiences the death of a loved one, they may feel overwhelmed, confused, and isolated. Bereavement support services offered by churches can provide a safe and compassionate space for individuals to process their grief, share their experiences, and receive support.

Find out more about our Bereavement Support services here

holding hands

Bereavement Support

Bereavement support is an important aspects of the role that churches play in supporting individuals and families during times of loss. When someone experiences the death of a loved one, they may feel overwhelmed, confused, and isolated. Bereavement support services offered by churches can provide a safe and compassionate space for individuals to process their grief, share their experiences, and receive support.

Find out more about our and Bereavement Support services here

" Use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you."

St Teresa of Lisieux

Organisations & Committees

Long standing groups who welcome new members into their traditions and community, providing opportunities for lifelong faith formation and personal growth.

Compassionate Service Initiatives

Here you will find a number of useful links to support the wellbeing and improve the lives of parish and community members through social engagement initiatives.

Find out more

Ministries

At St Tersea's we have a number of volunteer positions that help with the day to day running of the church including The Repository, alter services, welcomers and readers.

Find out more

Parish Councils and Committees

The Church is supported by several representatives, who provide guidance, advice and assistance to the parish priest to ensure the overall smooth running of the parish.

Find out more

News

Catch up on all the latest news from the Parishes of St Teresa and St John

" Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love."

St Teresa of Lisieux

St Teresa

" Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love."

St Teresa of Lisieux

Join our Parish Church today!