Safeguarding – The Catholic Church’s guidelines


The Catholic Church has a responsibility to ensure all those who undertake work in the name of the Church are adequately trained in safeguarding matters. The Church is dependent on clergy, religious and lay people using their skills and talents to nurture and support the Catholic community. Some will be paid employees, but the majority undertake their work on a voluntary basis. Everyone has a role in safeguarding the young and adults who may be at risk of harm. The Catholic Church in England and Wales has worked with EduCare to produce an e-learning package that raises awareness throughout the Catholic community in our countries. The e-learning package is part of the Church’s commitment to safeguarding, and is available to all members of the Catholic community free of charge.

A brochure describing the e-learning is available to read here (pdf, 0.7mb). To register for a course, please contact your diocesan safeguarding office.

Safeguarding within the Church is supported by two national bodies.  The independent National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) provides strategic direction for the Church’s safeguarding policy for children and vulnerable adults, and monitors compliance. The NCSC directs the work of the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS), which was established to implement improvement in practice. CSAS is a member of Caritas Social Action Network.