The Community at Quarr wish all our guests and visitors to feel safe and welcomed at the Abbey. This is especially true of children and vulnerable adults.
Quarr Abbey is under the Safeguarding Commission of Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocese. The Abbey seeks to follow the norms laid down by the Diocese. The Diocesan Safeguarding Commission supervise training as well as conducting D.B.S. Checks on the members of the Community.
The Abbey will not allow any young people under 18 to stay in the Guest House unless they are with a parent or guardian, or a responsible adult formally designated by the parents. In the latter case, a letter from the parent is needed to show they are happy for the responsible adult to care for their child.
In the case of a vulnerable adult, they must be escorted by suitable carers.
We try to ensure that members of the Community and staff are never alone with any young people. In the case of school groups or other organised groups of young people, the teachers of group leaders must be responsible for safeguarding.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation for anyone under 18 must be conducted in the purpose-built Confessional in the Church. As this is soundproof this can also be used for private conversations with young people.
One of the Community is safeguarding representative and he will remain in contact with the Safe Guarding Commission of the Diocese. If any of our guests or visitors have any concerns they can contact the Abbey safeguarding representative or the Portsmouth Diocese Commission on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 023 9421 6486