Policy Statement

“Every human being has a value which we acknowledge as coming directly from God’s creation of male and female in his own image and likeness. We believe therefore that all people should be valued, supported and protected from harm. We recognise the personal dignity and rights of vulnerable people towards whom the Church has a special responsibility.

The Catholic Church and its individual members will undertake appropriate steps to maintain a safe environment for all, by practising fully and positively Christ’s Ministry towards children, young people and adults and responding sensitively and compassionately to their needs in order to help keep them safe from harm. This is demonstrated by the provision of carefully planned activities for children, young people and adults, caring for those hurt by abuse and ministering to and robustly managing those who have caused harm.

The Catholic Church of England and Wales, the Bishops and Religious Congregational Leaders are committed to safeguarding as an integral part of the life and ministry of the Church and affirm a ‘One Church’ approach to safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk through the promotion of a sustained culture of constant vigilance. The ‘best interests’ or ‘paramount chief principle’, which underpins and is enshrined in child and adult protection legislation, shall be the primary consideration in all matters of safeguarding” (CSAS Policy Statement).

The Archdiocese of Liverpool Safeguarding Department works in close partnership with all statutory agencies to ensure that any allegations of abuse are promptly and properly investigated, so that victims and survivors are supported, and perpetrators are held to account.

For more information on safeguarding within the Catholic Church, and for all the policies and procedures that the Archdiocese of Liverpool practises by, please visit

For more information about Safeguarding in the Archdiocese:


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 (0151 522 1043), 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 (0151 522 1043).  You can also contact CSAS (Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service) by telephoning 0207 901 1920 or via email at [email protected]



Police Emergency
Police Non-Emergency
Archdiocesan Safeguarding Department0151 522 1043
NSPCC0808 800 500
Child Line 0800 1111
Stop it Now Helpline 0808 1000 900
Action on Elder Abuse 0808 808 8141
Age UK 0800 169 8787 or 0800 055 6112
Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247
Local Adult and Children Social Care Services01925 443400 (Children)
01925 443322 (Adults)

Parish Safeguarding Representatives

Mrs Celia Baxter
Mrs Doreane Child
Mrs Clare Fraser
Mrs Clare Lancaster

Telephone:  01925 630127

The Parish Safeguarding Representatives have responsibility for promoting good and safe practices in all activities involving children, young people and adults and for providing advice on child and adult safeguarding matters within the Parish. The Safeguarding Representatives are the link between the Parish and the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Coordinator.

The Safeguarding Representatives have relevant training and a sound knowledge of the national policies and procedures and know who to contact if a concern or allegation is raised. They have a key role in the administration of the safer recruitment process, including facilitating the DBS Disclosure process.


Code of Conduct for Volunteers

If you are a volunteer in the Church, please read the code of conduct on the Archdiocesan website here:    Liverpool Catholic


Safe Spaces

‘Safe Spaces’ is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with either the Church of England or the Catholic Church in England and Wales.  A telephone helpline and live chat facility is available from Monday to Saturday, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm (apart from Thursdays when the service is open 12.00 – 8.00pm).

Telephone:    0300 303 1056 (answerphone available outside of opening times)

Email:    [email protected]



Listening with Love

‘Listening with Love’ is a seven-session resource inviting people to reflect on the impact of abuse on individuals and the Church. The material is designed for use in small groups, with a leader and participants. The survivors who generously offered their time to produce this resource, identified the themes and decided that, in conversations, the voice of the survivor could be heard. Therefore, using Scripture and recorded conversations each session reflects upon the impact of abuse and the journey through hurting, healing and hope. For more information: 


Training – Towards a Culture of Safeguarding

We are all responsible for safeguarding.  Therefore, it is important that we know about safeguarding.  The Church provides FREE and easily accessible online Safeguarding training!  Register for EDUCARE Safeguarding Training by emailing your name, parish and role to [email protected]