Safeguarding Statement

England and Wales

The Society of the Sacred Heart is an international order of women in the Catholic Church, founded in 1800 by a French woman, Madeleine Sophie Barat.

We are called to be contemplative in spirit, generous and educative in mission and passionate for justice, peace, and the integrity of creation. We are contemplatives in action, rooted in prayer and reflection, and by looking deeply at the world around us, we try to see it as God sees it, so that we can better love and serve others.

As an international order of women in the Roman Catholic Church we recognise and uphold the rights of children and adults at risk and are committed to ensuring their safety and wellbeing. In partnership with our members and lay colleagues we work to meet the spiritual, educational, physical, emotional, and social needs of all those whom we serve.

We are committed to educating members of the Society about safeguarding and we have in place processes to deal with allegations if they arise.

The Society of the Sacred Heart personnel, including religious staff, care home staff and volunteers have a responsibility to safeguard children and adults at risk through promoting their health and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse.

Safeguarding contacts

Who to contact if you are concerned about a Safeguarding matter:

Monday - Friday

Safeguarding Lead for the Society of the Sacred Heart - Liz Jones

3 Bute Gardens
W6 7DR

Out of Hours

Outside of regular office hours, kindly contact the office.

In an emergency where there is a risk of harm to a child or vulnerable adult then call the police- 999

Safeguarding Policy

The Society of the Sacred Heart is committed to safeguarding all children and adults. For The Society of the Sacred Heart this commitment directly relates to the fact that we are all made in the image of God and the Church's common belief in the preciousness, dignity, and uniqueness of every human life.

We start from the principle that each person has a right to expect the highest level of protection, love, encouragement, and respect. Following on from the safeguarding reviews in 2020 we are committed to the One Church Approach to safeguarding by implementing the changes needed and ensuring we respond to victim/survivors promptly and compassionately.

Raising concerns and whistle-blowing

Speaking up about any concerns you have at work is really important. In fact, it’s vital because it will help the Society to keep improving services for all Sisters and the working environment for our employees.

The whistle-blowing policy outlines the Society’s policy for responding to allegations or reports of abuse, and other forms of misconduct, made by one or more employees against other employee(s). These actions are known as whistleblowing.


Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency

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Religious Life Safeguarding Service

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