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  Standards Agency (CSSA) 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 07789 994906 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 Bishop speaks on Diocesan safeguarding  (Please click on the link to see this message).

Safe Spaces

The Church of England, the Church in Wales and the Catholic Church in England and Wales are pleased to announce ongoing support for victims and survivors of church-related abuse, through the Safe Spaces project, with newly appointed, independent provider First Light.

Safe Spaces is a free national support service which offers a confidential, personal, and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with either the Church of England, The Church in Wales or The Catholic Church in England and Wales, regardless of age, gender or sexual orientation.

First Light is an independent organisation with extensive experience in supporting those who have experienced or are experiencing sexual abuse or domestic violence, including survivors and victims of church-related abuse.  First Light have been appointed by the Board of Trustees of Safe Spaces England and Wales (SSEW) after a rigorous and highly competitive tender process.

Safe Spaces can be contacted at or by phone on 0300 303 1056.