Worth Abbey is committed to promoting the highest standards of safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.

The monastic community of Worth Abbey respects and values the personal dignity and rights of all people, and recognises that it has a special responsibility towards those who are young or vulnerable. The Abbey is also committed to taking all appropriate steps to maintain a safe environment for all, to practice fully and positively Christ’s ministry towards children, young people and vulnerable adults, and to respond sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to promote their wellbeing and to help keep them safe from harm.

Worth Abbey is committed to working within the safeguarding policies and structures of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. This commitment is expressed by the Abbey’s alignment with the Safeguarding Commission of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton.  The safeguarding policies and procedures set out in this document are informed by and congruent with best practice as described in UK national and local guidance, especially that of the West Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board (“LSCB”) and best practice for Roman Catholic Church agencies, as set out in the guidance and advice published by the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (“NCSC”) and the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (“CSAS”), and especially on the Catholic Safeguarding Resource Area available from CSAS and Diocese of Arundel and Brighton resources webpage.

The monitoring and application of this policy remains a high priority for Worth Abbey.

Worth Abbey will liaise closely and openly with Worth School in relation to all safeguarding issues.  Worth Abbey will also liaise closely and openly with statutory authorities and Diocesan agencies to ensure that any concerns or allegations of abuse that are raised are promptly reported and properly addressed, victims supported and perpetrators held to account.

The Worth Abbey Trust Safeguarding Lead is Fr Mark Barrett. He may be contacted as follows:

Worth Abbey Trust Safeguarding

Safeguarding Lead

Fr Mark Barrett
Worth Abbey
Paddockhurst Road
Turners Hill
West Sussex
RH10 4SB
01342 710340

Other safeguarding contacts

West Sussex Social Services Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

Telephone direct line: 01403 22 99 00 (9am till 5pm Monday-Friday)
Email: MASH@westsussex.gov.uk

Diocese of Arundel & Brighton Safeguarding

Independent Safeguarding Coordinator
Angela McGrory
01273 859708

Safe Spaces England and Wales

Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused by someone in the Church or as a result of their relationship with the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Safeguarding links

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales

Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS)

National Catholic Safeguarding Commission

National safeguarding policies for the Catholic Church