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.
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 us by telephoning 0207 901 1920 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any referrals made directly to the CSSA will be immediately passed to the local safeguarding office for further action as appropriate. Where appropriate, the CSSA will refer matters directly to the statutory authorities.
Please note that neither the CSSA nor the safeguarding offices in England and Wales provide an emergency or 24 hour service.