In 2018, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales (CBCEW) resolved to commission an independent review of the Catholic Church’s safeguarding structures and arrangements. This review was conducted by an Independent Chair, Ian Elliott, an experienced Safeguarding professional who has done much work in this area.
The final report, the Elliott Report, was considered by the Bishops at their Plenary Assembly which took place from Monday to Thursday this week and is published today. The Bishops have accepted the final proposals and recommendations of the Elliott Report in order to shape the future safeguarding provision in the Catholic Church in England and Wales. A copy of the Elliott Report may be viewed and downloaded here.
Having formally accepted the recommendations in the Elliott Report, the bishops have asked Bishop Marcus to Chair a new Committee overseeing the implementation of the Report’s recommendations. The bishops have also considered the Investigation Report published by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), which was published on 10 November and having formally accepted the recommendations of the IICSA Report also, a response to these will be made by the Catholic Council for IICSA, of which the Bishop is also a member. A copy of the Statement issued today by the Bishops in response to the IICSA Report may be viewed and downloaded here.
Please keep the Bishop in your prayers as he undertakes this vital work.
Bishop Marcus is grateful for the valuable work done in every parish by the laity who volunteer to be trained as Parish Safeguarding Representatives. To find out more about this important role, please visit the Safeguarding area of our website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org