We are committed to ensuring that all four of our churches are safe environments for our children and vulnerable adults in our communities. We take very seriously and stringently the measures instituted by the Diocese of Nottingham in the area of safeguarding.

Safeguarding within the Diocese of Nottingham is of paramount importance and the Diocese is dedicated to promoting the safeguarding of all children and adults at risk within its community. Nottingham Diocese aims to proactively embed a culture of safeguarding to prevent abuse occurring in the first instance, and to provide support to individuals who have been hurt by abuse. The Diocese is committed to taking any necessary actions to reduce the likelihood of further harm. Safeguarding staff within the Diocese liaise closely with statutory agencies to ensure that any allegations of abuse are promptly and thoroughly investigated and, where appropriate, survivors are supported and perpetrators held to account.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is described as:

  • The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully. Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

The definition of Safeguarding adults at risk is described as:

  • Action to prevent abuse or to protect persons thought to be at risk of abuse or neglect or poor standards of care by any other person or persons that violates their human and civil rights.

If you have any questions about Safeguarding or are concerned about a child or adult at risk then please contact the Safeguarding Team

If you believe a child or adult at risk is in immediate danger then please contact the emergency services on 999

Parish Safeguarding Coordinators

The Parish Safeguarding coordinator’s for Saint Philip Neri are Kathleen Campbell and Sybil Hedley. The Parish Safeguarding coordinator for Saint Bernadette’s, Saint Joseph’s and Saint Teresa’s is Kate Gilbert.

They provide the link between the parish and Clare McKenzie, the Safeguarding Coordinator for the Diocese. They have received all the relevant training and know who to contact if any concerns or allegations are raised. They also play a key role in the safer recruitment process, including DBS Disclosure at a local level.


Jane Black - Diocesen Safeguarding Administrator

0115 953 9849


St Hugh's House
1 Castle Quay

Rachael Campion - Diocesen Safeguarding Coordinator

0115 953 9850


St Hugh's House
1 Castle Quay

Fr Matthew Jakes - Clergy Advisor for Safeguarding

01724 844895


St Bernadette's Presbytery
Ashby Road
DN16 2RS