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Safeguarding Statement



St Michael’s Priory, Willen, MK15 9AA

Charity Registration Number: 1101444

The Society of the Sacred Mission, Willen, is committed to:

  • The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and all adults
  • The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are 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.
  • Operating and implementing a safeguarding policy (a) in full alignment with ‘Practice Guidance: Safeguarding in Religious Communities (Church of England)’ (June 2015); and (b) safeguarding polices, practices and guidelines of the Diocese of Oxford.
  1. Safeguarding applies (a) internally (to relationships between individuals (religious or lay) in the Religious Community and (b) externally when ministering to religious or lay outside the Religious Community.
  2. The Religious superior takes the lead responsibility for managing safeguarding protocols and does so according the procedure outlined in Safeguarding Procedure: Managing complaints and allegations. The Religious superior, as one of the Designated Safeguarding Officers, will always take advice from the Oxford Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA).
  3. It is the responsibility of the Religious superior, with another Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO), to make sure safeguarding arrangements are in place and, with the Designated Safeguarding Persons (DSP), to monitor and action them.
  4. The DSP will provide advice and support to all members of the community. They are the named persons who will initially receive complaints and allegations. As may be necessary, they will liaise with the Religious superior, the DSA, Episcopal Visitor and, where relevant, trustees, in the pursuance of safeguarding.
  5. The Religious superior will make clear the reporting arrangements between the DSP, the Religious leaders in the community, the episcopal visitor and the trustees. These reporting arrangements will ensure that the DSP, religious leader, and the episcopal visitor are aware of the need to report serious safeguarding situations to the Police, to the Local Authority officer, and to the DSA.


You have a complaint about an employee or community member at St Michael’s:  what can you do?’

We expect a high standard of integrity and service from all our employees/community members. Mostly that standard is met, but occasionally individual employees/members fall short of what is expected of them. When this happens, there are different ways to respond.

We would like to reassure you that the SSM Province and Trustees take all legitimate complaints seriously and seek to deal with all complaints promptly, fairly and effectively in order to resolve any issues and, where possible, prevent such issues from reoccurring. Wherever possible, we will endeavour to resolve issues informally, either through a telephone conversation or through a face to face conversation without recourse to a formal procedure.

Individuals who wish to raise a complaint against the Province and Trustees and its employees/members should use this procedure.

For a copy of our complaints procedure please contact:


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