CSAS was established in 2007 following acceptance by the Conference of Bishops and Conference of Religious of the Cumberlege Commission Report, “Safeguarding with Confidence”. CSAS is responsible for driving and supporting improvements in safeguarding practice throughout the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
CSAS reports to and provides expert advice to the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission on all safeguarding matters. CSAS provides support, advice and coordination to the twenty eight Safeguarding Commissions across England and Wales and their respective safeguarding offices.
Role & Tasks of CSAS
- Providing advice to members of the Church about safeguarding Issues.
- Undertaking audits to ensure compliance with the national policies and procedures of the Catholic Church in England and Wales
- Developing safeguarding training within the Church.
- Ensuring the Church’s policies on safeguarding children and adults at risk are kept up to date with good secular practice and are accessible to people at all levels in the Church, with an emphasis on people in parishes.
- Identifying, disseminating and celebrating good safeguarding practice in the Church.
- Being the point of liaison with other stakeholders within the Church and in other organisations concerned with safeguarding children and adults at risk, including the Government.
- Producing an annual business report for the public and wider Church community which reviews the work of the CSAS as a whole and reflects on the achievements of the Diocesan and Religious Commissions.
- Acting as the Registered Body for the DBS Disclosures.
Safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk
If you are worried that a child or adult at risk may be being harmed either by someone in a family or household, or by someone within a position of responsibility within the church you should tell someone as soon as possible.
- If you believe they are in immediate danger you should contact the police.
- If you are worried for yourself or have been abused in some way you can speak with your Safeguarding Coordinator, who is a trained professional in responding appropriately and sensitively in these situations.
- If it relates to someone else and you are not sure whether it constitutes abuse or the degree of urgency you should discuss this with either your Safeguarding Representative or Safeguarding Coordinator.
You can find contact details for Safeguarding Coordinators on their respective websites (links to Diocesan websites also found in useful links section).