Safeguarding Documents

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and vulnerable people and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children and vulnerable people from abuse and maltreatment
  • Preventing harm to children’s and vulnerable persons’ health or development
  • Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children, young people and vulnerable people to have the best outcomes.

Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all students in the Archdiocese and all young people up to the age of 18 seeking Archdiocesan services. There may be occasions where people older than 18 are responded to under a safeguarding policy. Vulnerable people are also responded to under these policies.

The Archdiocese has a statutory duty to protect children and vulnerable people in their care.


All safeguarding documents (advice, protocols, fact sheets), can be found under the Safeguarding Documents section of this site. Your comments are sought on the; ease of use, helpfulness and relevance of the documents. If there are any additional policies and procedures you think are needed, and/or you wish to provide comments on the existing documents, please email Maria Hicks the Manager at the Institute for Professional Standards and Safeguarding at