"Sometimes we do not see any outlet, any escape from our sins, and they torment us: on account of them, the heart is oppressed with sorrow and weary. But Jesus looks upon us and streams of tears flow from our eyes and with the tears all the tissue of evil in our soul vanishes. We weep with joy that such mercy has suddenly and unexpectedly been sent to us."
St. John of Kronstadt [097]

I have been asked by Fr George to take up the position of Local Safeguarding Representative for our Parish. My remit will cover all aspects of work within the Parish with vulnerable adults and children. Although no such formal work is currently undertaken there could be issues that are of concern to you; if so please raise the matter either directly with me or, in my absence, with Fr George.

As yet our Diocese has not issued a comprehensive guide to safeguarding within the parish as it is awaiting the appointment of a Bishop in the expectation that our new Bishop would want to have some input to the formalisation of such a guide but I have been provided with a brief outline of my expected role. I also have some experience of Child Protection policies from my former employment with the crime reduction charity Nacro.

I would assure you of my complete and impartial consideration of any concerns you may have with regard to this issue. However, knowing you all as I do I'm not expecting to be kept very busy!

Reader James