Policy Position on Reporting Abuse
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, details here. You can also contact The Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) by telephoning 0207
901 1920 or email email@example.com
safeguarding advice, support and training
The safeguarding office is the main point of contact for all matters relating to safeguarding within the Diocese. This includes the process and management of DBS applications, the recruitment and support of parish safeguarding representatives, the provision of training and development sessions for clergy and parish safeguarding representatives, responding to allegations, concerns or complaints against children and adults, as well as being the point of contact for support for victims and survivors of abuse.
Within each Diocese, there is a Safeguarding Commission with an Independent lay chair who has extensive safeguarding experience in working with children and/or adults. The Safeguarding Commission is accountable to the Bishop and Trustees of the Diocese or, the Congregational Leader and Trustees of Religious Orders for matters related to that Order. The Commission has regulatory, advisory and supportive functions. It exists to discharge these functions at a strategic level in all matters relating to safeguarding throughout the diocese.
Northampton Safeguarding Commission Members
Hugh Williams – Chair
Tina Welford – Vice Chair
Kathy Franklin – Vice Chair
Rev Andrew Behrens – Clergy
John Peachey – Designated Trustee
Elizabeth Manero – Link Member for The NCSC
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Commission member, please either contact Danielle Dixon, the Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator.
Danielle is responsible for coordinating all safeguarding matters within the Diocese. Danielle leads in the implementation and management of the diocese safeguarding policy and practice, working closely with the Safeguarding Commission, the Bishop and Congregational leaders.
Lorraine is responsible for processing the Disclosure & Barring Services Certificate (DBS) applications. She offers advice on clerical matters and provides support and training to the parishes and the Parish Safeguarding Representatives, and in involved in the day-to-day running of the Safeguarding Office.
In an emergency, if you consider a child, young person or vulnerable adult to be in danger or at risk, immediately contact the Police or Social Services local to your parish.