Safeguarding

The Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) is the national agency for driving improvements in safeguarding practice within the Church in England and Wales. The Church has a Council to assist the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) is the independent body that sets and directs the work of CSAS.

Reporting Abuse

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger.

It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased.

If you are in any role within the Catholic Church in England and Wales, you must refer allegations directly to the safeguarding office for your diocese or religious congregation, or directly to the Police. 

If you are a member of the public, please refer allegations directly to the police and also to the safeguarding office in your diocese; (the relevant Diocesan safeguarding office can be located using the interactive map on the links page of the CSAS website www.csas.uk.net – contact details will be shown when you click on the relevant area of the map). You can also contact CSAS by telephoning 020 7901 1920 or by email to: admin@csas.uk.net

National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC)

The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) is an independent body mandated by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and Conference of Religious. The NCSC is responsible for setting the strategic direction, implementing policy and monitoring standards in respect of safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk in the Catholic Church in England and Wales. The NCSC sets and directs the work of the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS). We have a profile page for the NCSC you can use to visit its website or make contact.

The NCSC and CSAS aim to keep people safe from harm while positively promoting the value of every human being through a One Church approach to safeguarding arrangements.

Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS)

The Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) is the national agency for driving and supporting improvements in safeguarding practice within the Catholic Church in England and Wales. More.

The Church has also set up a Council to assist the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

IICSA

The Catholic Church in England and Wales welcomes the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). Find out more about the council set up to assist the inquiry in its deliberations. More.

Former Child Migrants and Access to Records

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales have made a sincere apology to former child migrants. The Catholic Council and the organisations it represents are committed to learning from the past and taking all appropriate steps in the future to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation. Download the full apology.

Reporting Abuse

If you're concerned about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult, this page provides the steps you can take to report the matter to the relevant authorities.

Council to assist Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

The Catholic Church in England and Wales has welcomed the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse and has set up a council to assist the inquiry in its deliberations.

National Catholic Safeguarding Commission

The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) is an independent body mandated by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and Conference of Religious to oversee the Church's safeguarding work.

Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service

The Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service is responsible for driving and supporting improvements in practice throughout the Catholic Church in England and Wales.