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The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission produced a leaflet intended for victims of abuse, recognising their needs and encouraging them to come forward. The leaflet grew out of a recommendation from the Cumberlege Report i.e. Recommendation 53 which states: 


"The Church should encourage those who have been abused by someone working in the name of the Church to come forward and disclose the abuse."


The essence of this recommendation has been reflected in statements from both Pope Benedict and Pope Francis emphasising the priority to be given to victims and survivors of abuse. 


The leaflet was approved at a meeting of the Bishops Conference in 2012. The recently revised version is available in your parish and via your Parish Safeguarding Representative and also as a pdf download here.

Grief to Grace

Grief to Grace is a specialised 5-day programme of spiritual and psychological healing for anyone who has suffered sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual abuse in childhood, adolescence or adulthood, including those who are the victims of a member of the clergy. For more information, please visit: https://www.grieftograceuk.org/.

The Truth Project 

The Truth Project allows victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experiences with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was set up in 2015 to investigate organisations and institutions that have failed to protect children from sexual abuse. Those who wish to take part can attend a private session at one of our offices across England or Wales to share their experience with a member of the Inquiry. Their accounts are not tested, challenged, or contradicted. The information supplied is anonymised and will be considered by the Chair and Panel members when reaching their conclusions and making recommendations for the future. As part of the Truth Project, victims and survivors will be given an opportunity to write a message to be published together with the Inquiry’s annual reports. To find our more please visit The Truth Project Website. 

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