Independent Review – Safeguarding Structures and Arrangements

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

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Elliott Report

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

Ian Elliott is 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.

The bishops, having formerly accepted the recommendations laid out in the IICSA Report, that was published shortly before on 10 November 2020, have also accepted the final proposals and recommendations of the Elliott Report in order to shape the safeguarding provision in the Catholic Church.

Listen

You can listen to the Independent Chair of the review, Ian Elliott, discussing the panel’s work and subsequent recommendations.

From the Introduction

“For the last thirty years, much work has been done in this area [safeguarding] and during our work we were conscious of building on the firm foundations already laid. At the same time, we were always aware of those who have suffered and the desire by all concerned to prevent future hurt. The Panel kept central to their work the dignity of the person and the vocation of safeguarding as well as listening to those who had been harmed. Both shaped the work of the Review and the recommendations reached.” Ian Elliott

Executive Summary and Recommendations

You can read/download the executive summary and all 15 recommendations here.

Full Report

Read or download the Elliott Report in full.