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What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding relates to the action taken to promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and to protect them from harm.

Remember if a child, young person or vulnerable adult is in immediate risk of harm then call the Police 999

 Everyone has the right to be safe, and safeguarding is everyone's responsibility.

As a Parish, we at Holy Family Southport are committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults so that all can worship and grow safely in our community. Safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of the whole Church and central to our mission. Every human being has a value and dignity which we as Catholics acknowledge as coming directly from God’s creation of human beings in his own image and likeness. We believe therefore that all people should be valued, supported and protected from harm.
The Parish of Holy Family has adopted the Safeguarding policy and guidelines of the Archdiocese of Liverpool.

They have recently sent us some guidance with regard to domestic abuse. If this applies to you then please use the information and links to get you to a safer place.

Domestic abuse is a serious crime with two women a week being killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales. However, anyone can be a victim of domestic abuse, regardless of their gender, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexuality or background. Although the most common type of domestic abuse is within a relationship, the legal definition of domestic abuse also covers “any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse.”

If you are in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police - the police will continue to respond to emergency calls.
If you call 999 from a mobile and cannot speak, press 55 to Make Yourself Heard and this will transfer your call to the police.

Pressing 55 only works on mobiles and does not allow police to track your location.
National Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0808 2000 247 or www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk 

In Holy Family the Parish Safeguarding lead is Bernie Shiels supported by a safeguarding team consisting of Sean Smith, Noel Warham and Athena Kwasnika, all of whom can be contacted by telephone or email, at Holy Family Parish

As well as the weblinks we have local Sefton Adult and Children Social Care Services where you can phone

 in order to
- make a referral
  - out of hours
  - or in case of an emergency

Sefton - 0345 140 0845 (Children)
Sefton - 0151 934 3737 (Adults)