Two leaflets have been produced by survivors, for survivors, on behalf of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission.

A guide for victims and survivors (PDF, 0.6Mb)

How to respond, listen & support (PDF, 0.6Mb)

These leaflets and more information are also available in the Safeguarding section of the Liverpool Archdiocese website.

IICSA Report into the Catholic Church and the Response by the Bishops of England and Wales

The report is available to download here

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales issued a statement on safeguarding after their plenary meeting from 16-19 November 2020.

The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has given a personal statement on safeguarding.

In October 2019, the Bishops commissioned an independent review of the Catholic Church’s Safeguarding Structures and Arrangements in England and Wales. Ian Elliott was the Independent Chair of the Review. Published on 20 November 2020, the final report and recommendations, therefore, are sometimes referred to as the ‘Elliott Report’. Mr Elliott is an experienced safeguarding professional who has worked across the world in this area. Read the report and its recommendations.

These documents have been published in full on the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales website

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.

Telephone, Live Chat, Email and Website

A telephone helpline and live chat facility is available from Monday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm, apart from Thursdays when the service is open 12 – 8pm.

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



Government publications from

DBS checks for working with children in places of worship

DBS guidance leaflets