Saffron Walden

Our Lady of Compassion




Every human being has a value and dignity which we as Catholics acknowledge as coming directly from God's creation of male and female in his own image and likeness. This implies a duty to value all people and therefore to support them and protect them from harm.

As a parish, we share a responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults in our community.

Following the release of "Safeguarding with Confidence", the report of the Cumberlege Commission in 2007, a National Catholic Safeguarding Commission was established. The Commission oversees and manages the work of the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS). The CSAS is responsible for developing, supporting and implementing the national safeguarding policies and procedures at Diocesan level through a Safe-guarding Co-ordinator and a Safeguarding Officer.

The Safeguarding Officer for the parish is Walter Poulter (01799 513184).

The Diocese of Brentwood Safeguarding Officer is Simon Moules (01277 265234).

If you would like to become a volunteer within the parish in a role that is likely to bring you into frequent contact with children or vulnerable adults then you will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) check at enhanced level. We can help you fill in all the relevant paperwork. Neither readers nor ushers require either of these checks.

If you have a concern about a particular situation or person you can contact Walter to discuss it, in confidence. Alternatively you could contact the Diocese of Brentwood Safeguarding Office.

Support leaflets (October 2020)

Please find below leaflets produced jointly by the Diocese of Brentwood and Church of England offering support to victims of abuse:

Website child policy

Our Lady of Compassion Church operates the following policy on its web site, to ensure the privacy and safety of our children at all times:

  • If children are named, only their first names are given;
  • If a child is named, no photograph of that child is displayed;
  • Where a photograph is used which shows a child/children, no name(s) are displayed.

By observing these points, the church ensures that visitors to the web site cannot link images of children to names.

Photographs for the web site where used will not include images which are in any way inappropriate, such as close-up portrait shots of individual children. Where possible we seek parents' permission before using images which show children on the web site.