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CSAS - Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service

NCSC - National Catholic Safeguarding Commission

Nolan Review

The Cumberlege Commission

The Bichard Inquiry 


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 safeguarding office in your diocese. You can also contact the Archdiocese of Southwark Safeguarding Office by telephoning 020 7261 1606 or via email at

The Archdiocese of Southwark is committed to the safety and welfare of children and vulnerable adults. The Diocese co-operates fully with CSAS, the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service, which aims to help the Church become an example of best practice in the Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, and develop a "culture of vigilance" to ensure that children and vulnerable adults in our care are kept safe from harm.

The Safeguarding Office prepare a regular Newsletter for Parish Representatives. The most recent editions can be downloaded below:

Safeguarding Newsletter 43 - July 2021

Safeguarding Newsletter 42 - April 2021

Safeguarding Newsletter 41 - December 2020

Safeguarding Newsletter 40 - October 2020

Safeguarding Newsletter 39 – May 2020

Safeguarding Newsletter 38 – April 2020

2020 Elliot Report and Recommendations

In October 2019, the Bishops of England and Wales commissioned an independent review of the Catholic Church’s safeguarding structures and arrangements.  Ian Elliott was the Independent Chair of the Review and the resulting report was published on 20 November 2020.  Mr Elliott is an experienced safeguarding professional who has worked across the world in the safeguarding field. 

Read the Report and Recommendations

Safeguarding Office

Mary-Jane Crowley
Head of Safeguarding

Christine Acons
Safeguarding Officer

Allison Hamer
Reviewing Officer

Paul Czastka
Senior Administrator 

Kaella Weekes
DBS Administrative Officer

Tel: 020 7261 1606


Postal Address: 

Safeguarding Office
St Gabriel’s House
Westminster Bridge Road

Mgr. William Saunders
Episcopal Vicar for Safeguarding

Sister Jane Bertelsen
Religious Advisor for Safeguarding

Southwark Safeguarding Commission

Maureen Kotalawela Independent Chair
Nick Johnson Social Worker (adults)
Mary Coller Safeguarding Representative
Ms Prue Johnson London Probation Service
Ms Sheelagh Prendergast LA Safeguarding Co-Ordinator
Mgr Matthew Dickens Vicar General
Fr Philip Glandfield Communications Officer
Sr Imelda Fleming Representative of Religious
Ms Barbara Mills  Lawyer/Legal Advisor
DI Ian Kenward Metropolitan Police


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