Safeguarding is an essential part in the life and ministry of the Church.  It is the responsibility of all of us to ensure our parishes and institutions are safe places, especially for those who are vulnerable.  Abuse and harm have no place in our diocese.  There is zero tolerance to abuse, harm and any behaviour that falls short of appropriate safeguarding practices as expressed in National Policies.

Jesus welcomed children and blessed them.  We are told that Jesus was indignant when anyone tried to keep the children away “let the little children come to me and do not stop them.  It is to such as these that the Kingdom of God belongs.” (Mark 10: 14).

Jesus makes clear his view about those who seek to harm the vulnerable, “anyone who welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.  Anyone who is an obstacle to bring down one of these little ones who have faith in me would be better drowned in the depths of the sea.” (Matthew 18: 5-6) Jesus’ stark words point to the horror and seriousness of abuse.  Abuse is evil.  It is destructive.

Everyone in our diocese is called to ensure that all diocesan institutions, parishes, clergy, employees and volunteers take appropriate steps to maintain a safe environment and put into practice Christ’s ministry towards children, young people, and vulnerable adults.   Our diocese is committed to accompany and support all victims/survivors of abuse.  We seek to learn from them and their representatives about best safeguarding practice.

Bishop Declan Lang 11/2023

Contacting the Safeguarding Team:

You can contact any member of the Safeguarding team below.                                                                                            .

Reporting a concern:

Details of how to report safeguarding concerns.                                                                                                                    .

Support for Victims and Survivors:

Our Safeguarding Service is a safe point of contact for survivors and victims of abuse within the Catholic Church.

Parish Safeguarding Representatives:

Information for our Parish Safeguarding representatives.                                                                    .

Creating Safer Environments​:

Guidance which covers areas of Church activities and examples of areas to look at when creating a safe environment.                                                                 .

Safer Recruitment:

Information, forms and guidance on Diocesan Safer Recruitment process                                                                                                                  .

Safeguarding training, news and documents​:

All who work, volunteer or worship within the Catholic Church have access to free Safeguarding training.                                                                             .

National structure and Safeguarding Trustees​:

The national Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency and Diocesan Safeguarding committee details                                                                                .






Safeguarding pages Last updated on 29 February 2024                                                                         .