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Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults is central to our mission and values. We recognise and follow the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA) policy and proceduresYou can find information about  the Diocesan Safeguarding Team and how to contact them on the Diocesan website. Our parish safeguarding representative is:

Desi O'Rourke


Her contact details are: for St Joseph, Portishead for St Francis, Nailsea 


Reporting abuse

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger.

It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased.

If you are in any role within the Catholic Church in England and Wales, you must refer allegations directly to the safeguarding office for your diocese or religious congregation, or directly to the Police.

If you are a member of the public, please refer allegations directly to the police and also to our safeguarding Co-ordinator Janice Pearson at 0117 954 0993



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