Among its other activities, the Parish provides spiritual, catechetical and pastoral care and activities for children and young people. The Parish is committed to protecting and safeguarding children and young people. In accordance with recommendations from the Archdiocese of Southwark and the first report of the Nolan Committee, the Parish drew up its own Child Protection Policy as an “early adopter” of the Church’s recommended procedures.
Since that time, the Final Report of the Nolan Committee has been issued and COPCA, the Catholic Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults has been set up by the Bishops of England and Wales.
In addition, the Archdiocese of Southwark’s Child Protection Team has been established. Fr John Kavanagh is the Archbishop’s Representative for Child Protection issues and Helen Sheppard is the Diocesan Child Protection Officer.
The parish of St Thomas the Apostle, Nunhead, is committed to working with the Archdiocese of Southwark’s Child Protection Team and with COPCA.
The Diocean Child Protection Team has now issued an interim Child Protection Policy for the whole diocese while a National Policy is being framed. The parish accepts this policy and is updating its own Child Protection Policy accordingly.