The Catholic Church in England and Wales
Protection of Minors 2019
The Vatican meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church concluded with a press briefing that saw concrete commitments and initiatives announced to protect children and to combat abuse.
Father Federico Lombardi SJ, as Moderator of the meeting, announced these initiatives:
1. The imminent publication of a Motu proprio by the Pope, providing rules and regulations to safeguard minors and vulnerable adults within Vatican City State.
2. The distribution of a 'vademecum' (or rulebook) to Bishops around the world, explaining their juridical and pastoral duties and responsibilities with regard to protecting children.
3. The creation of an operative 'task force', comprising competent experts, to assist those Bishops' Conferences that may lack the necessary resources or expertise to confront the issue of safeguarding minors, and deal with abuse.
The Organising Committee will also be meeting with heads of Vatican Curia departments to discuss how best to follow-up the work of the meeting.
Following the release of "Safeguarding with Confidence", the report of the Cumberledge Commission in 2007, a National Catholic Safeguarding Commission was established. The Commission oversees and manages the work of the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS). The CSAS is responsible for developing, supporting and implementing the national safeguardinf policies and procedures at Diocesan level through a Safeguarding Co-ordinator.
The Diocese of Nottingham Safeguarding Co-ordinator is Clare McKenzie.
Office Telephone Number: 0115 953 9850
Mobile Telephone Number : 07825 648310
Our parish safeguarding representative is Fiona Cashman. Tel 07946 672063
If you would like to become a volunteer within the parish in a role that is likely to bring you into contact with children or vulnerable adults then you will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check). Fiona will help you fill in all the relevant paperwork.
If you have a concern about a particular situation or person you can contact Fiona or Fr John to discuss it, in confidence.
Statement on Safeguarding
Friday, November 20th, 2020
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
Click on the above link for the full statement
The account given in the IICSA Report of abuse known to be inflicted on children in the Catholic Church in England and Wales in the past 50 years is shocking and overwhelming. At our meeting this week, we Bishops have stood together in profound shame. We express our sorrow and contrition before God.
Independent Safeguarding Review – Elliott Report 20.11.2020
click on the link above for details about it and a link to the report
Pope Francis 02.02.15 Church must rid itself of the scourge of child sexual abuse
Pope Francis has sent a letter to the Presidents of Episcopal Conferences and Superiors of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life to ask for their complete co-operation with the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, in order to insure that everything possible is done to rid the Church of "the scourge" of the sexual abuse of children.
Families need to know that the Church is making every effort to protect their children. They should also know that they have every right to turn to the Church with full confidence, for it is a safe and secure home. Consequently, priority must not be given to any other kind of concern, whatever its nature, such as the desire to avoid scandal, since there is absolutely no place in ministry for those who abuse minors.
May the Lord Jesus instil in each of us, as ministers of the Church, the same love and affection for the little ones which characterized his own presence among us, and which in turn enjoins on us a particular responsibility for the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. May Mary Most Holy, Mother of tenderness and mercy, help us to carry out, generously and thoroughly, our duty to humbly acknowledge and repair past injustices and to remain ever faithful in the work of protecting those closest to the heart of Jesus.
The Goddard Inquiry
The Catholic Church in England and Wales has welcomed the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse, led by Justice Lowell Goddard, and has set up a council to assist the inquiry in its deliberations. This Council will support the numerous organisations that make up the Catholic Church in England and Wales and will speak with and for the Church. It will ensure that the evidence required by the Inquiry is collated appropriately. The Church is committed to the safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults and following two independent inquiries both Dioceses and Religious Orders are committed to following nationally agreed guidelines and robust policies to promote safeguarding. All allegations of abuse are immediately reported to the police and the Church co-operates fully with any subsequent investigation by the statutory authorities. 27.11.2015