For detailed, background information to the IICSA inquiry into the Roman Catholic Church, including associated documents and the SCIE report (reference: CHC001649); Jan Pickles past cases review
(reference: CHC001643) and Jan Pickles parish review (reference: CHC001644) commissioned by the diocese, visit the IICSA website.

Visit the Safeguarding News Page for the latest updates from the Diocese

Andrew Haley is leading improvements as Interim Head of Safeguarding Transformation, and two additional members of staff recently joined the safeguarding team to bolster capacity and provide further expertise.

Fiona O’Reilly and Jacqueline Oliver join existing team members Sarah Fullard; Catherine Salt and Sukhy Gill.

A thorough review of all safeguarding agreements is now well underway, and a review of all cases post-2016 is almost complete. Cases pre-2016 are also to be examined to ensure the Archdiocese has a detailed case list moving forward.

If you would like to speak to someone about safeguarding, please call the safeguarding team on 0121 230 6240.

We would also like to draw your attention to NAPAC – the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, which exists to support adults who were abused in childhood.

They run a free phone support line five days a week, run support groups for survivors (funds permitting) and regularly contribute to the debate about how best to protect our children. The free phone number is 0808 801 0331.

Archdiocese Opening Statement

Download the Archdiocese' Opening Statement for IICSA  read at the hearing on 12/11/2018

Archbishop Bernard's Pastoral Letter 3/4 November available as text or audio:

Pastoral Letter November 2018 - text

The Truth Project

IICSA's truth project offers the opportunity for Victims and Survivors to share their experience and be respectfully heard and acknowledged.  By doing so, they will help us to better understand the long term impact of abuse.  Their contribution will help us make recommendations about support needs, as well as challenging our assumptions of child sexual abuse.
Visit the Truth Project website

Further information

The Archdiocese website has an extensive section on safeguarding. Please click here