Safeguarding – The Catholic Church’s guidelines

Safeguarding is a crucial issue for all members who work with children. Below are resources and information from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales regarding their safeguarding mechanisms.

“The safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults is at the heart of the Church’s mission. There is no place in the Church, or indeed society, for abuse – a grievous crime which can affect people for their entire lives.”

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Current structures

Following the Cumberlege report, the Church established two bodies. First, the independent National Catholic Safeguarding Commission [NCSC], which is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Church’s safeguarding policy for children and vulnerable adults, and for monitoring compliance.

The NCSC directs the work of a second unit set up in the wake of Cumberlege, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service [CSAS], which was established to implement improvement in practice.

CSAS has in recent years completed safeguarding audits of all dioceses in England and Wales, overseen by the NCSC.

Last year’s annual report of the NCSC approved the setting up of a Survivors Advisory Panel to help inform the work of the NCSC and the safeguarding policies and practices within the Church. It also found that now over 95% of parishes in England and Wales have at least one safeguarding representative.

Today, the Church has a robust selection procedure for candidates to the priesthood and their training includes child and adult protection. Meanwhile, the Church encourages victims of abuse to come forward and supports them to do so.

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