'National Catholic Safeguarding Commission' returned 7 result(s)

The Church’s leading sexual abuse investigator wants accountability of bishops to be on the agenda when Pope Francis holds a summit on child protection early next year. 

Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh has said accountability for the failure to safeguard children and vulnerable adults in the Church is primarily a matter for criminal and civil courts and should not be seen as dependent on a system or process in Rome.

Ampleforth college has appointed its former head of safeguarding, Deirdre Rowe, to Acting Head. She becomes the first woman to hold the position in over 200 years.

Ampleforth College, one of the country’s top Catholic schools, faces possible closure if it does not improve standards including the safeguarding of pupils and the rigour of its checks on staff.


The headmaster of one of Britain’s leading Catholic schools, Ampleforth, has been suspended from the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) amid ongoing concerns over abuse and safeguarding.

Lawyers have called on Professor Alexis Jay, chair of the national inquiry into child sexual abuse, urgently to produce an interim report on the Catholic church, saying it is “structurally, culturally and doctrinally incapable of implementing and enforcing the minimum standards of safeguarding”. 

Safeguarding is likely to become an area in which the Catholic Church works more closely with the Church of England, with an independently run telephone helpline for victims as the probable first step in the process, writes Joanna Moorhead.


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