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Parish Self-Evaluation & Audit Documents:

1) If you are completing an evaluation of your Parish or require support for an upcoming Parish audit, you should request a Parish report to track the recruitment of your volunteers. 

For a copy of the Parish report for your parish, please email to receive a copy.

2) To ensure your parish is following the 8 CSSA Safeguarding Standards, please click here to see the Standards on the CSSA website.

And to read the CSSA guidance on preparation for Parish audit, please click here.

3) To help you with the Safe recruitment of volunteers, paid staff, PSRs, residents at the Presbytery, visiting priests and temporary volunteers, please use this Safer recruitment tracker checklists to ensure each stage of the recruitment process has been completed:

4) To help prepare your Parish for Audit, please also complete this checklist of tasks, with this Parish Self-Evaluation Tool.

5) For more information on the Parish Audit process, please see this document on the Diocesan Internal Audit Programme.

Safe Spaces - Posters for parishes:

Please click the links below to print posters and an presentation with information that allow those affected by abuse to access and contact Safe Spaces for support:

How Safe Spaces can provide support to survivors of abuse - information presentation

Safe Spaces - Tear Off poster

Safe Spaces - Tear Off poster 2

Safe Spaces - QR Code poster

Seniors groups - Safeguarding Guidance:

Please see the document below with guidance on running activities for the elderly and seniors groups in your parish:

Parish seniors groups - Safeguarding Guidance


Warm Spaces - Safeguarding Guidance:

Please see these documents below with guidance on running Warm Spaces in your parish over the winter:


Key Statutory Guidance relating to Children and Adults at Risk:

Children - Working Together 2018

Adults at Risk - Care and Support Statutory Guidance (Care Act 2014 Guidance)

Cumberledge Report - 

Church Child Protection Advisory Service -

Nolan Report - a programme for action (nolan) report-2001.pdf

DBS - Disclosure and Barring Service -

IICSA - Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse -


National Safeguarding Policies and Procedures:

CSSA (Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency) ensure that the Church’s policies on safeguarding are kept up to date with good practice and are accessible to people at all levels in the Church

Please find all the Catholic safeguarding policies and procedures which apply to all Parishes within the Diocese of Westminster in the link below. This includes guidance for:

  • How to respond to allegations of abuse
  • Good practice when working with children and adults at risk
  • Safer Recruitment

CSSA Safeguarding Practice Guidance


Other Useful Documents: 

Throughout our section, you will find links to external websites. Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly and ensure these links are accurate, up to date, and relevant. However, the Safeguarding Department cannot take responsibility for pages maintained by external providers.  
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