Department for Safeguarding

Safeguarding Guidelines and Policies

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 Diocesan safeguarding office 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 by tel: 0191 243 3305 or by email: safeguarding@diocesehn.org.uk. You can also contact Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA) tel: 0207 901 1920.

Department for Safeguarding

Safeguarding Guidelines and Policies

The following Diocesan Safeguarding Policy and Guidelines should be understood and adhered to by all personnel in the Diocese (paid or unpaid). These policies are in line with National Safeguarding Policies and follow the Catholic Churches commitment for a ‘one church approach’.