Who are The Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS)?
The CSAS was established to be responsible for driving and supporting improvements in practice in the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Its primary role is one of co-ordination, advice and support in respect of the wider job of safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults.
What are their roles and tasks
*Providing advice to members of the Church about safeguarding issues
*Overseeing and co-ordinating safeguarding training within the Church
*In the shorter term completing the development of policies that Lord Nolan recommended and others that are outstanding, including policies on vulnerable adults, whistleblowing, information sharing and the national database
*Ensuring the Church's policies on safeguarding children and vulnerable adults are kept up to date with good secular practice and are accessible to people at all levels in the Church, with an emphasis on people in parishes
*To develop a parish pack to support the work of Parish and Religious Safeguarding Representatives
* Identifying, disseminating and celebrating good safeguarding practice in the Church
*Being the point of liaison with other national stakeholders - both safeguarding units in other Churches and secular organisations concerned with safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, including Government
*Co-ordinating the work of the Review Panels and maintaining up to date lists of appropriately trained investigators and risk assessors
*Producing an annual business report for the public and wider Church community which reviews the work of the CSAS as a whole and reflects on the achievements of the Diocesan and Religious Commissions
*Acting as the Registered Body for DBS Disclosures and in the future Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) registration
Policies and Procedures
To access and view the national Safeguarding policies and procedures of the Catholic Church of England & Wales please go to www.csas.uk.net/.
For the Whistleblowing policy.
39 Eccleston Square
Tel: 020 7901 1920
Fax: 0207 901 1919