Safeguarding

At St. Anne's we believe that all people should be valued, supported and protected from harm, and that the Church has a special responsibility towards vulnerable people.

We take safeguarding extremely seriously. This is done through carefully planned activities for children, young people and adults, care for those hurt by abuse and ministering to, and robustly managing, those who have caused harm.

Our parish safeguarding contacts are Terry Graham and Jenny Baxter.


Reporting abuse

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger.

It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased.

If you are in any role within the Catholic Church in England and Wales, you must refer allegations directly to the safeguarding office for your diocese or religious congregation, or directly to the Police.

If you are a member of the public, please refer allegations directly to the police and also to the
safeguarding office in our diocese;
Phone:
Telephone: 0151 522 1043 or 0151 522 1103.
Email: safeguarding@rcaol.org.uk

Further information is available on the Liverpool Archdiocese website at http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/safeguarding

You can also contact The Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) by telephoning 0207 901 1920 or via email at admin@csas.uk.net


Domestic Abuse Concerns

Sadly, one of the effects of the current lockdown is an increase in reported cases of domestic violence; the National Domestic Violence Helpline (Refuge) have reported an increase of more than 100% in the number of contacts or calls to their service. But help is available.

Boots chemist , in conjunction with Refuge, have set up a "Safe Place" project, in which anyone suffering from, or at risk of domestic abuse can go into any Boots Pharmacy and be offered the safety and privacy of the pharmacist's Consulting Room.

There you will be able to call the Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 for help and support.

If you are a victim of domestic violence or worried about someone else, the helpline is there for you.

Further information about other support agencies is available on the Liverpool Archdiocese website, http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/safeguarding


Mental Health Awareness - Kindness Matters

From the Mental Health Foundation.

How can we spread kindness in our community, and information about mental health?

One of the kindest things any community can do for those struggling with their mental health is to make sure that there is a safe place for people to share their feelings, and to access help and support.

The following are Links to support and help:

1. Mental Health Foundation https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk

2. The Hub of Hope https://hubofhope.co.uk/

A mental health database to help find the nearest source of support for any mental health issue, from depression and anxiety to PTSD and suicidal thoughts, as well as providing a 'talk now' button connecting users directly to the Samaritans.

3. Mind https://www.mind.org.uk/ (0300 123 3393)

A mental health charity - no one has to face a mental health problem alone.

4. The Samaritans https://www.samaritans.org/ (116 123)

Operating a 24-hour service available every day of the year by phone or by email, Samaritans at jo@samaritans.org

5. The Silver Line https://www.thesilverline.org.uk/ (0800 4 70 80 90)

A free confidential telephone helpline offering information, friendship and advice to older people in the United Kingdom, available 24 hours a day

6. Students against depression https://www.studentsagainstdepression.org/ (01635 869754)

A website for students who are depressed, have a low mood or are having suicidal thoughts.

7. Childline (0800 1111) runs a helpline for children and young people in the UK. Calls are free and the number won't show up on your phone bill.

8. NSPCC https://www.nspcc.org.uk/ (0808 800 5000) help@nspcc.org.uk

Protecting and supporting children at risk.