INSTITUTE OF OUR LADY OF MERCY
Registered Charity No. 290544
Safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk
If you are worried that a child or adult at risk may be being harmed either by someone in the family or household or by someone within the Church, or by anyone else, you should tell someone as soon as possible.
If you believe they are in immediate danger please contact the police on 999
Sr Clare Smith – Safeguarding Co-ordinator
Tel: 0114 235 1540
Mobile: 07745 166 890
Sr Clare Smith worked first as a teacher and then in 1987 as a Social Worker with Humberside Social Services before taking up a pastoral role in a parish and working with Deaf People throughout the Catholic Church. She has had safeguarding responsibility for the Institute of Our Lady of Mercy since 2004. She worked as one of the 3 Religious Safeguarding co-ordinators for the North East of England and has been involved with the Conference of Religious Safeguarding Advisory Group since 2010. She became the Safeguarding Co-ordinator for IOLM Safeguarding Commission in 2013 following on from the Cumberledge Commission recommendations.
Victoria Mahon – Safeguarding Administration Assistant
INSTITUTE SAFEGUARDING POLICY STATEMENT
The Institute of Our Lady of Mercy is committed to the National Safeguarding Policies and Procedures of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, to take all reasonable steps to protect all who are vulnerable from any form of abuse and to promote a safe environment for them.
This commitment flows from the fact that we are all made in the image and likeness of God and the Church’s common belief in the dignity and uniqueness of every human life.
We start from the principle that each child, young person and adult at risk has a right to expect the highest level of care and protection, love, encouragement and respect that we can give.
We will liaise closely and openly with statutory agencies to ensure that any concerns or allegations of abuse are promptly reported and appropriately dealt with, victims supported and alleged source of harm held to account.
The Institute’s commitment to the ‘One Church’ approach to safeguarding in the Catholic Church in England and Wales is also affirmed by this statement.
Our expectation is that this statement will be accepted and upheld by our Sisters and Associates, Staff, Volunteers and all who work for and with us in the Institute and also those who use our premises.
Date: October 2019 Due for review: October 2021
The Institute of Our Lady of Mercy follows the guidelines produced by CSAS – the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service.
The Institute also refers to the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission to give other advice and guidance.