The community at Douai Abbey is fully committed to the protection and safety of young people and vulnerable adults. Under the direction of the Douai Abbey Trust, the community has implemented the safeguarding policies of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, and is immediately accountable to the Diocese of Portsmouth Safeguarding Commission, and we are actively preparing to implement the recommendations of the Elliot Review. All members of the community have received training in safeguarding procedures and protocols, and such training is ongoing. The community liaises closely with both Church and statutory authorities when concerns are raised or allegations made that involve members of the community or staff members of our former school. In accordance with our Catholic faith, we are committed to providing a welcoming environment that is safe for all who visit us. Our faith ensures that we pursue justice and offer all appropriate support to victims.
Douai Abbey’s safeguarding policies, procedures and culture have been fully reviewed and accredited by the independent safeguarding consultancy Praesidium.
If you have any safeguarding concerns or questions, please contact our Safeguarding Lead, Kate Burke, by email in the first instance. Kate has many years of experience in safeguarding at local, diocesan and national levels.
Below are some links to websites that offer help and further information on safeguarding.