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Safeguarding: protecting children and vulnerable adults

safeguardingThe Chaplaincy considers Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults to be of utmost importance. Please contact the Chaplaincy Local Warden (David Albrecht) with any Safeguarding concern, no matter how trivial the matter may seem: +33 (0)5 53 36 55 97 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Click here for the Diocese in Europe Safeguarding page (forms, who to contact...)

1) View the Guide to Safeguarding Checks document

2) Download the DBS form: (please complete and return by scanned email or post to Amy Owensmith)

3) Step by step guide to requesting your French background check (Casier Judiciare National)

ministère de la justiceEveryone involved with children, young or vulnerable adults must be checked in France through the Casier Judiciaire National.

Click here to visit the website link to begin the process.(then click on the red button at the bottom right hand of the page)

There is no cost and you should receive a copy by post within a couple of weeks. Please forward a copy of this to Amy – by email or post – as soon as possible after you receive it.

It is quite straightforward – married women may be asked to forward a copy of their marriage certificate – We suggest that the copy is authenticated at your mairie.

The form which will be sent to you is BULLETIN NUMERO 3 which is mainly a blue patterned page which should have a black, diagonal line across it. This means you have no criminal record.

Please contact Amy Owensmith if you need help with this: 06 07 04 07 77 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


4) Print and Sign the Safeguarding Agreement: NB read the Safeguarding Policy below

Click here to download, print, and sign the Safeguarding Agreement, which should be returned to Amy Owensmith by scan or post.


5) Show proof of identity to a Local Warden or Safeguarding Identity Checker

Everyone involved with children, young or vulnerable adults must show three documents to either a local warden or safeguarding officer: birth certificate, marriage certificate (if applicable), and current utility bill. Download and print a document which can be signed by the witness, to be returned by either email or post to Amy Owensmith.


6) Level 1 online Training programme

safeguarding trainingLevel 1 training must also be completed by everyone as soon as possible and a copy of certificates forwarded to Amy Owensmith, either by post or email.

This is an on line course in two parts: one for children and the other for adults, and both must be completed. The courses each take about 20–30 minutes each to complete. They are straightforward with statements/questions to which you have to respond.

Please note the Diocese is Europe. If you have any questions or problems, please contact Amy Owensmith (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Click here to access the online training course.


The Diocese in Europe - The Chaplaincy of Aquitaine's Safeguarding Policy

We will not tolerate the abuse of children or adults in any form. Specifically, within our Chaplaincy we are committed to:

  • The care, nurture, and respectful pastoral ministry of all children, young persons and adults

  • The safeguarding and protection of all children, young persons and adults who may be vulnerable

  • The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of informed vigilance' as to the dangers of abuse.

  • The careful selection and training of all those with any safeguarding responsibility within the Church, including the use of available criminal records disclosures and relevant vetting and barring schemes.

  • Preventing abuse or the likelihood of abuse by encouraging and adopting a proactive stance to safeguarding; responding to the slightest concern whether by rumour, speculation or from an anonymous source - every safeguarding concern will be taken seriously.

  • Ensuring that any concern about safeguarding must be passed onto someone in the Diocesan Safeguarding Team as there are no legal barriers to sharing such concerns.

  • Responding without delay to every complaint made which suggests that a child, young person or adult may have been harmed - co-operating with the local police, relevant local agencies and any other relevant body (eg other faith groups) in any investigation.

  • Seeking to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.

  • Seeking to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.

  • Seeking to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.

lf you have any queries please speak to the Chaplaincy Safeguarding Officer (contact details above).


Various resource information available to download:


Click here to visit the Safe Network (Safe activities for everyone).