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.

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The Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) primary role is one of co-ordination, advice and support in respect of the wider job of safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults. CSAS reports to the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission. The Commission was set up in 2008 following the acceptance, by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales and the Conference of Religious of England and Wales (CoR), of the recommendations in the 2007 Cumberlege Commission Report “Safeguarding with Confidence”.


This PDF is a flowchart showing the safeguarding structures of the Church in England and Wales.


The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission releases its annual report in two parts – a narrative report with some initial data, followed later in the year by a fuller presentation of data.

The reports offer a clear picture of the work done in Safeguarding in the Catholic Church.