A selection of publications produced or commissioned by CSAN is available below.  Others are available on request.  If you cannot find the publication you require, please contact us.

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Community Development

Community Organising

Realities are Greater than Ideas: Evangelisation, Catholicism and Community Organising (pdf, 4mb) – The Centre for Theology and Community, November 2018, with support from CSAN and the Diocese of Brentwood.

In the Middle of Our Street (pdf, 4mb), Catholic Agency for Social Concern (predecessor to CSAN), 2002.

Caritas and Catholic Social Teaching

Caritas in Practice (pdf, 1.1mb) – CSAN, 2021. An induction and refresher resource for trustees, employees and volunteers working in Caritas member agencies. It is designed to assist people – whatever their cultural or religious tradition – to become familiar with the main elements of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) which underpin our work. It assumes no previous knowledge of CST. If you are not a member of the Caritas network in England and Wales, we ask you to make a donation of £20 for downloading the resource.

Catholic Social Teaching card pack – Ged Edwards and CAFOD, 2021. For both individual and group reflection. Introduces basic concepts in the teaching, with real life examples of the teaching in practice from agencies in the Caritas network in England and Wales.


Abide in Me: Catholic social thought and action on housing challenges in England and Wales, 2018-30 (pdf, 2mb), CSAN in collaboration with The Centre for Theology and Community, London, November 2018. To accompany the report CSAN also published a set of case studies – Actions on the housing crisis in England and Wales (pdf, 0.3mb).

Perspectives on political, social and human aspects of the housing crisis, published by CSAN in collaboration with the Benedict XVI Centre, St Mary’s University, Twickenham (pdf, 1.1mb), January 2019.


Mapping of Migration, Refugee and Asylum Work in and from the Catholic Community in England and Wales, Von Hügel Institute, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, 2008

Older People

The Richness of Many Years of Life (pdf, 0.7mb), Peter Kevern, Professor of Values in Social Care, Staffordshire University, commissioned by CSAN with support from the Centre for Catholic Social Thought and Practice, March 2020.

Care in Time: Celebrating longer lives in England and Wales, CSAN, December 2019 (pdf, 6mb).

It’s Beautiful to be Old – In search of emergent Catholic Social Teaching on Old Age, by Peter Kevern, Professor of Values in Social Care, Staffordshire University – commissioned by CSAN, 2019.

Exploring Care, Dr Kathryn Hodges, independent consultant and researcher – commissioned by CSAN, 2019. An abbreviated report on this research forms Part 3 in Care in Time, listed above.

Reaching Out – Older people and Catholic parishes making memories together, produced in collaboration between CSAN, Caritas Salford, Catholic Care (Diocese of Leeds) and Father Hudson’s Care. A toolkit for parishes and groups seeking to develop or review the potential for social activities with older people. Launched on 4 December 2019.

National Mapping of Older People’s Services provided by the Catholic Community, Social Policy Research Centre, Middlesex University, 2009

The Catholic Church and Residential Care for Older People, CSAN and Terry Philpot


‘Hoping for mild at least’ – Poverty: A short formation resource for parishes, CSAN, 2022 (pdf, 0.8mb)