Annual Report Shows Advances in Preventing Abuse in England and Wales

“We are moving towards a much more consistent and sensitive approach in response to the victims and survivors of abuse.”

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The panels working to prevent sexual abuse of minors in the Church of England and Wales released their seventh annual report.

The report outlines the work of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) and the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS).

Highlights include:

  • 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.

  • 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.

Chris Pearson, acting chair of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission, said of the report that it “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.”

As well, the commission launched an E-learning programme, with a view to raising awareness, increasing understanding and promoting best practice. It offers safeguarding e-learning to every parishioner free of charge.

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A copy of the annual report can be downloaded here: NCSC Annual Report 2014-2015

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