Each year on Tuesday of the fifth week of Easter, our church embraces a day of prayer for survivors of abuse. This year that falls on Tuesday 30th April.

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales moved the day from the Friday of the fifth week of lent after listening to the voices of survivors. The day was requested by Pope Francis following a proposal from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Recently, the diocese received an audit report from the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency.

The key findings of this audit are that the Diocese of Northampton is at the overall grading of Comprehensive Assurance at this time. Exemplary practice was seen in respect of the compassionate and innovative ways in which the Diocese seeks to engage with, and support, victim-survivors.

This was a planned audit in line with recommendations presented in the final report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, ICCSA published in 2022.

Receiving the report Bishop David Oakley said:

“Safeguarding in the diocese of Northampton is not a departmental responsibility but a culture which relies on every member of our parish and diocesan communities playing their part. This report highlights the good practice across all eight national standards and the positivity of the report is a reflection of the culture created by each member of our diocesan family”

Read the Executive Summary here

The Isaiah Journey group, a group set up by the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales to support survivor-centred initiatives, have released a resource called ‘Listening With Love’.

For more information on our safeguarding office and our work with survivors please visit our safeguarding pages here.