The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales thanks the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA) for conducting an independent and thorough review into safeguarding within the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. This review was commissioned by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon of Liverpool, as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese following the resignation of Bishop Robert Byrne.
In the light of its findings, the CSSA has made recommendations which relate to the internal safeguarding work of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle; it is incumbent on the diocesan authorities to review and implement these. The CSSA has also made recommendations which have national implications; the Bishops’ Conference will review and examine these and work with the CSSA, as the body they have commissioned to oversee safeguarding in the Church.
The Bishops’ Conference reiterates that safeguarding lies at the heart of the mission of the Church and will continually develop and refine its policies and procedures in this area. Key to this is the role of victims and survivors of abuse who can inform the work that continues within each of our Catholic communities across the country.
This clear and conscientious review also shows that the scope of the work carried out to produce these findings affirms the CSSA in its own agency; to investigate safeguarding concerns raised in the Church thoroughly with impartiality.
The Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA) publish their report into safeguarding in the Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. Read more.
The Report, and the Executive Summary, of CSSA’s safeguarding review into the Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle:
The Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA) were set up as a response to the recommendations of an independent review of the Catholic Church’s safeguarding, in November 2020 (sometimes called the Elliott Report).
Statement from Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and Archbishop of Liverpool, on the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA) independent Review. Read More.