The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales issued a statement on safeguarding after their plenary meeting from 16-19 November 2020.

The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has given a personal statement on safeguarding.

In October 2019, the Bishops commissioned an independent review of the Catholic Church’s Safeguarding Structures and Arrangements in England and Wales.

Ian Elliott was the Independent Chair of the Review. Published on 20 November 2020, the final report and recommendations, therefore, are sometimes referred to as the ‘Elliott Report’. Mr Elliott is an experienced safeguarding professional who has worked across the world in this area.

Read the report and its recommendations.


On Tuesday, 10 November 2020, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse released its report on the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

Here is a Bishops’ Conference statement on the report. It can, too, be read in Welsh.


The Prime Minister has announced further widespread restrictions in England from Thursday 5 November to Wednesday, 2 December 2020. The Government has published its New National Restrictions Guidance on its website.

You can read two statements, issued by the President and Vice-President of the Bishops’ Conference, in response to the lockdown. The first statement was released immediately after the Prime Minister’s announcement, the second statement on the eve of the lockdown.

Our guidance is continually updated as required. Read more.

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