News, Training and Development

The safeguarding office maintains regular contact with clergy and volunteers in key safeguarding roles through the provision of quarterly newsletters. Previous editions can be accessed here

Newsletter September 2022

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Newsletter March 2023

Newsletter June 2023

Newsletter September 2023

Newsletter December 2023

National Day’s of Prayer

We are keen to raise awareness about the following days of prayer, although please note the actual date can vary:

February – International Day of Prayer for Victims of Trafficking. Josephine Bakhita is the Patron Saint of Human Trafficking. St. Josephine was born in 1869 and died in 1947. She was later beatified in 1992 and canonized in 2000 by Pope John Paul II. Please find attached prayers which can be used to remember victims of trafficking. 

Prayer to St. Josephine Bakhita

Feast Day Prayer 

May – National Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse, supported by the Bishops Conference of England and Wales. Further information and material to support this day can be found here

Training And Development

The safeguarding team arranges, delivers and enables access to suitable and relevant safeguarding training, using in person events as well as online provision. In more recent years, online safeguarding awareness sessions have been organised (covering topics including domestic abuse, economic abuse, Safe Spaces and fraud and cybercrime) with a more recent focus on ensuring that all clergy and religious are up to date with national safeguarding training, delivered by the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency. Following a series of 5 events organised in October and November 2002 and January, February and March 2023, all clergy and religious are expected to have completed this training which includes 3 leadership modules



Further training is being delivered by the safeguarding team in April this year for the Called and Equipped lay ministry course, building on previous training completed in February 2023, when the following feedback was received:

‘That was a great session’

‘The best and most positive safeguarding training I have ever experienced’. 

‘Brilliantly presented and so informative’. 

‘Sometimes you feel that the amount of knowledge that you have is sufficient for you until you actually do this course and realise that it’s far from that’.

‘Really impressive and well worth attending’.

‘Very interesting and inspiring course’.


The Church has a responsibility to ensure all those who undertake work in the name of the Church are adequately trained in safeguarding matters. We all have a role to play and it is for this reason that the following e-learning package has been made available as part of the Church’s commitment to safeguarding and is free of charge to access.

Training modules include; Child Exploitation, Child Protection, Domestic Abuse: Children and Young People, Mental Capacity, Online Safety, Safeguarding Adults, Understanding Anxiety, Low Mood and Depression and Self Harm. To access this training please register your interest by emailing 


The safeguarding office is pleased to promote the following e-learning training that is available for anyone across the Diocese to access through the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NSCP). The NSCP offers a wide range of modules including; Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse, Awareness of Forced Marriages, Child Poverty, Child Sexual Exploitation, E-safety, Fabricated Illness, FGM, Gang Related Issues and County Lines, Hidden Harm – the effects of parental problem substance use on children, Level 1, 2 and 3 in Safeguarding Children, LGBT Awareness, Modern Slavery and Trafficking, Radicalisation and Extremism, Safeguarding and Leadership, Safeguarding Children in Education, Safer Recruitment, Self- Harm, Sexual Health, Suicidal Thoughts, Supporting Teenagers and Young People, Toxic Trio, Working with Children with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities. Details as to how to register for this training can be accessed here: Introduction to E-learning document for NSCP.


E-Learning for ACT: Action, Counter, Terrorism

This learning will give you a greater awareness of ACT which could benefit you as a member of the public and also as your role in your parish. The training takes approximately 45 minutes and you can print off supporting materials and your certificate when you have completed the training. The course includes an introduction to terrorism, identifying security vulnerabilities, how to identify and respond to suspicious behaviour or item, what to do in the event of a bomb threat, firearms or weapons attack. Please use this link to access the training:  When registering for the training, please specific your area of business as places of worship.


Root & Branch is an international forum for reform and renewal, ‘working to make the church a safe, just, inclusive, and welcoming church’. As part of their work, they have published learning resources which includes a series of talks called Stolen Lives (five survivor-led talks on abuse of power and its cover-up in the church) and Reclaiming Stolen Lives (two talks focused on actions that we can take to break through the silence and avoidance surrounding abuse and contribute to change), featuring Fr. Hans Zollner, German Jesuit priest, theologian and psychologist, Professor at the Gregorian University in Rome.

Recordings of both series can be accessed using this link


A number of training presentations are available through the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Adults Board’s weeks of learning in 2021, 2022 and 2023 includes the following subject areas; modern slavery, voice for victims and witnesses, adult risk management, mental health – integrated response hub, cyber and fraud awareness, homelessness, an introduction to safeguarding adults and mental capacity. Recordings of the presentations are available here

Recorded webinars are available through the charity, Hourglass, including a number of interesting areas such as Online Scams, Predatory Marriage, Who Cares for the Carers and Ending the Financial Abuse of Older People. To access the webinars visit


The following resource is available through the independent education charity, Inform, on the topic of Sexual Abuse framed by Faith or Belief. Please follow this link to access the 2020 seminar.


Understanding the needs and experiences of survivors of abuse is crucial for an organisation that is open to learn, welcoming and committed to providing a safe system for all those that are part of it. A webinar recording on the subject of survivor engagement in faith based organisations, from 2020, can be found here, although you may also need to register (free) to access the recording


The Domestic Abuse Group of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has issued guidance on how parishes can support victims of domestic abuse which can be found using the following link

 The National Board of Catholic Women has published (August 2020) a practical booklet on domestic abuse, entitled, ‘Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse’, which can be downloaded here. The booklet seeks to raise awareness within the Catholic community of domestic abuse and the impact upon victims and their children and offers pastoral care and guidance.

Responding to Domestic Abuse Practice Guidance from the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency can be found here  


The following e-learning course is available through the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) which aims to raise awareness of dementia and can be accessed using this link


Spiritual Abuse

Spiritual abuse is a type of abuse, most commonly considered as a category of emotional or psychological abuse. In essence, a person’s faith in this context is used and misused as a form of coercion and control and can have a devasting impact on a person’s spirituality, faith and belief. The following definitions have been provided by Fr. Hans Zollner, German Jesuit priest, theologian and psychologist, Professor at the Gregorian University in Rome.

“Coercion and control of one individual by another in a spiritual context….a deeply emotional personal attack”. The “spiritual” aspect is the context of the abuse, which is all about coercion and control. It is a form of emotional and psychological abuse.

If you wish to know more about spiritual abuse, please visit the website of Replenished Life, a charity that supports victims of spiritual abuse.

Safer Recruitment
Child Sexual Exploitation

The following training is available through Ivison Trust (formerly Pace) a national charity working to keep children safe from exploitation by supporting their parents, disrupting the offenders and working in partnership with police and family services. Ivison also train professionals to support affected children and their parents by using a trauma-informed, family-centric approach. All participants will receive a certificate on completion of the course.

Online Learning

Keep them Safe – child sexual exploitation e-learning. This 20 minute free e-learning course provides parents, carers and professionals information about child sexual exploitation (CSE) including an introduction to CSE, how to spot the signs and how to report concerns. The training can be accessed here


Child Criminal Exploitation and County Lines

Improve your understanding about how children are groomed and criminally exploited. Understanding the indicators that a child might be at risk in your community will give you the opportunity to intervene early and access support. The training can be accessed here