CARING SAFELY FOR OTHERS - PASTORAL STANDARDS AND SAFE CONDUCT IN MINISTRY
“By virtue of our sharing in Christ's royal mission …we must be inspired and distinguished by a specific attitude: we must care for the other as a person for whom God has made us responsible …for human life is sacred and inviolable at every stage and in every situation; it is an indivisible good. We need then to show care for all life and for the life of everyone.”( From Section 1 Introduction Evangelium Vitae)
The aim of this document is to ensure that, in the exercise of their ‘care for the other as a person for whom God has made us responsible’ and the responsibility to safeguard Christ’s ‘little ones’, all clergy who exercise ministry in England and Wales are familiar with the best safe pastoral standards and practices, and that these are conducted within appropriate boundaries, often referred to as ‘professional boundaries’ (From Section II: Aim and Objective)
These principles of Safe Conduct are rooted in the Code of Canon law and the teaching of the Church. The full document can be found in the Documents (>Safeguarding) section of this website.