Safeguarding is of paramount importance to the YCW and we are dedicated to promoting the safeguarding of all our members and those we work with. the YCW aims to proactively embed a culture of safeguarding to prevent abuse occurring in the first instance.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is described as:-

  • The process of protecting young people from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully… Taking action to enable all young people to have the best outcomes.

The Catholic Church acknowledges the value of every human life and promotes the duty to support all people and protect them from harm. Safeguarding is an essential element of the Catholic Church required to fulfil the mission and calling given by Christ to value every human life. 

The YCW recognises its responsibility in safeguarding the personal dignity and rights of all vulnerable people and is committed to taking all appropriate steps to maintain a safe environment and to liaise with statutory agencies to ensure that any allegations of abuse are promptly and properly investigated and where appropriate, survivors supported and perpetrators held to account.

You cannot legally call yourself a YCW/IMPACT! group without registering with HQ. If you are not a registered group and would like to do so please contact the HQ at 0161 8726017 or email at

Our Designated Safeguarding Lead is Marc Besford, and his Deputy is Kate Wilkinson.

Their contact details are as follows:

0161 872 6017