Statement from Archbishop Malcolm McMahon on the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA) independent Review.

Following the release of the report from the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA), I want to thank the CSSA and the clergy, staff and parishioners of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle for their support and contributions.

This independent report was commissioned because the Diocese is deeply committed to the highest standards of safeguarding and takes a zero-tolerance approach to abuse. The IICSA report and Ian Elliott Review in 2020 called for transparency in safeguarding in the Catholic Church and this is reflected in the commissioning of this report.

The Diocese accepts all of the recommendations to improve safeguarding practices and to provide pastoral care and support, safety and protection to survivors. Together, we are committed to a safer safeguarding practice.

I would kindly request your prayers for everyone in the Diocese, particularly those harmed by abuse, as we continue on this path towards healing and renewal.

Most Rev Malcolm McMahon OP
Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and Archbishop of Liverpool