St Edmund’s parish is committed to the safeguarding policies of the diocese and of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, to promote a safe environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults and to protect them from abuse or maltreatment. The national policy statement, along with other documents relating to safeguarding, can be found in the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NSCS) website.

 Parish Safeguarding Contact:
If you wish to see a copy of these policies but are unable to access them online, please contact the parish safeguarding representative, Helen Kirby, by telephone on 01508 518723 or by email on The parish representative is also responsible for processing Disclosure and Barring Service checks (DBS checks, formerly referred to as CRB checks) on behalf of the parish.

Diocesan Safeguarding Contact:
If you wish to report an allegation of abuse or have a query regarding the diocesan safeguarding policies, you can make direct contact with the diocesan safeguarding co-ordinator, Mick Thurley, by telephone on 0208 5054199 or by e-mail on

The statement from Downside Abbey and School, in response to the report of the IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse) on the case study of the English Benedictine Congregation (Ampleforth and Downside), can be viewed online here. Click on the link.