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All Church activity should provide a safe environment which promotes and supports the wellbeing of everyone and protects them from harm.

The Catholic Church in England and Wales has a single approach to Safeguarding.  Each Diocese has a Safeguarding Team and a Commission which has oversight of that work.  Each parish has a Safeguarding Representative(s). 


Your Parish Safeguarding Representative:

Barbara Conneely


They provide the link between the parish and the safeguarding team, promote safe practice in all activities involving children and adults and advice on safeguarding matters in the parish. 


The Diocesan Safeguarding team

0121 230 6240, 

They provide advice to safeguarding representatives and parish priests and manage more serious safeguarding concerns. They have responsibility for Diocesan-wide policy, practice and training and safer recruitment processes. 


Educare online safeguarding training

Modules in child and adult safeguarding, email for further information. 


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 diocesan safeguarding office on 0121 230 6240 (

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