National Catholic Safeguarding Commission
30th July 2015
1 The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission has today published its annual report.
The working party on pastoral support for survivors is proposing a model of support for victims and survivors, based on the Hallam Project which could be implemented gradually across all Dioceses and Religious Communities. NCSC is in discussions The Commission has approved the setting up of a Survivors Advisory Panel which will help inform the work of the NCSC and the safeguarding policies and practices within the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
Over 95% of Catholic parishes in England and Wales have at least one safeguarding representative.
This is the 11th year we have collected and published safeguarding data.
The NCSC is overseeing the introduction of a national electronic recording system of data.
Acting Chair of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission, Chris Pearson: “This report highlights in full the work of the Commission and this announcement is just a snapshot of some of that work and findings over the last year. We are moving towards a much more consistent and sensitive approach in response to the victims and survivors of abuse.”
A copy of the annual report can be downloaded from: www.catholicsafeguarding.org.uk
2 The Commission has today launched its E-learning programme.
We have worked with EduCare to develop a bespoke e-learning package available to all members of the Catholic Community in England and Wales.
The launch of the E-learning programme is part of the Church’s ongoing commitment to safeguarding. We want every member of the Catholic Community in England and Wales to have the opportunity to access safeguarding learning with a view to raising awareness, increasing understanding and promoting best practice. The Catholic Church in England and Wales is possibly the first Church in the UK, to offer safeguarding e-learning to every parishioner free of charge.
Catholic Safeguarding Commission
The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) is an independent body working within the framework of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. It is mandated by the Conference of Bishops and Conference of Religious Congregations and has accountability across Dioceses and Religious Congregations to ensure that standards are met and policies are implemented.
Established in 2008 the NCSC sets the strategic direction of the Church’s safeguarding policy for children and vulnerable adults. It also monitors and audits the compliance of the Church with safeguarding procedures. The NCSC has sixteen members who bring together a wide range of knowledge, skill and expertise in safeguarding matters, and in state and canon law. For further details see www.catholicsafeguarding.org.uk
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