St. Joseph’s Catholic Church

Bilton, Harrogate

Leeds Diocese 2

Diocese of Leeds

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Safeguarding Policy Statement

St Joseph’s is committed to the Safeguarding Policies of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, to protect children and vulnerable adults from any form of abuse or maltreatment and to promote a safe environment for them.

This commitment flows from the fact that we are all made in the image of God and the Church’s common belief in the dignity and uniqueness of every human life.

We start from the principle that each person has a right to expect the highest level of care and protection, love, encouragement and respect that we can give.

We will liaise closely and openly with statutory agencies to ensure that any concerns or allegations of abuse that are raised are promptly reported and properly investigated, victims supported and perpetrators held to account.

Our Parish Safeguarding Procedures are also intended to assist our Priest, Parish workers and volunteers in identifying ways in which they can safeguard the best interests of the children, young people and vulnerable adults in their care, and in their own best interests as well.


Parish Safeguarding Representative:
Ms Malgorzata (Gosia) Smith Tel.: 07539 276304


Diocesan Safeguarding Co-ordinator:
Ms Suzanne Mitchell Tel: 0113 2618 059, or 0751 559 8523.

National Childline Phone number: 0800 1111.
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline : 0800 800 500.
Harrogate Town Police Station: 0845 6060 247.


Copies of the Safeguarding Policies and Procedures can be looked at on request. Please contact the Parish Safeguarding Representative or the Parish Priest or view them at

More information on the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy can be found here.


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