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Induction Pack for Parish Safeguarding reps

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Newsletter May 2019

A copy of the most recent Safeguarding Newsletter from May 2019 can be downloaded here.

CSAS Procedures Manual

The CSAS Procedures Manual have been updated, please see below for details of the changes. Click on the chapter name to access the updated chapters directly on the CSAS website. 

1) Policy Statement, Key Principles and Values, Legislative Framework, Key Terms, Organisational Structure and Key Roles 

Policy Statement 

Key Principles and Values 

Legislative Framework  

Key Terms

Organisational Structure and Key Roles

2) Responding to Allegations and Concerns

Children – Management of Allegations and Concerns

Adults – Management of Allegations and Concerns

Disclosure of Abuse and the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Safeguarding Plans – Management of Risk and Support within the Church 

Cross Boundary Placements 

National Policy for the Support of those Affected by Allegations of Abuse within a Church Setting

Commissioning Independent Investigations and Independent Assessments - to follow

Safeguarding in Independent Schools associated with Religious Congregations

Independent Risk Assessment 

3) Information Sharing 

Information Sharing                       


Access to Records

4) Creating a Safer Environment 

National Policies for Creating a Safe Environment for Vulnerable People in the Catholic Church in England and Wales                    

Safer Recruitment Practice Including DBS Disclosures                         

Whistleblowing Policy                   

Testimonial of Suitability Supply Clergy

5) Information Sheets, Good Practice Guidance, Standards, Flowcharts

Information Sheets

Information Sheet - Abuse and Neglect in Adults 

Information Sheet - Abuse of Children Information Sheet - Adult Safeguarding Six Key Principles underpin all Adult Safeguarding Work 

Information Sheet - Disciplinary Penal Process for Clerics

Information Sheet - Dispensation from the Obligations of the Clerical State

Information Sheet - Duty to Refer to the Disclosure and Barring Service

Information Sheet - Issuing of Decrees Information Sheet - Responsibilities of Dioceses and - Religious Orders towards Clergy and Religious against whom Allegations have been made 

Information Sheet - Safeguarding Plans Information Sheet - Temporary Removal from Active Ministry

Good Practice Guidance

Guidelines Supporting People who may be Experiencing Domestic Abuse                              

Safeguarding and the Ministry of Healing                             

Information Sharing Protocol                     

Re-integration into Ministry                        

Risk Identification Framework     


Recording a Disclosure of Abuse, an Allegation or Concerns                          

Review Panels                   

National Standards for Induction, Supervision, Support, Training and Appraisal     


Flowchart: How to Respond to Concerns about a Child or Young Person                  

Flowchart: How to Respond to Concerns about an Adult who may be at Risk of Abuse or Neglect                         

 Flowchart: For Communication and Cooperation within Religious Owned/run Parishes

6) Forms and Appendices 

Forms Library


Catholic Keywords 

Using this Manual


7) Additional Safeguarding Resources


Child Sexual Exploitation

Children Affected by Gang Activity and Youth Violence 

Children from Abroad

Children of Parents with Learning Difficulties 

Children of Parents with Mental Health Problems

Children of Parents who Misuse Substances

Disabled Children

Domestic Violence and Abuse

E-Safety: Children Exposed to Abuse through the Digital Media
Fabricated or Induced Illness

Female Genital Mutilation  

Forced Marriage

Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Honour Based Violence


Organised and Complex Abuse 

Safeguarding Children and Young People against Radicalisation and Violent Extremism

Self Harm and Suicidal Behaviour

Spiritual, Cultural and Religious Beliefs

Trafficked Children

DBS Information

From 8 June 2015 the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) will not issue the paper counterpart to the photo-card driving licence. The DBS will be updating the identity checking guidelines soon to include this change.A photo-card driving licence issued by the DVLA without the paper counterpart will be classed as a group 1 primary identity document. There will be no need to view the paper counterpart for driving licences issued before the date of the change. These are minimum ID requirements and will not impact how you validate an applicants identity. You can read the news story here.

DBS Forms

To request copies of the DBS application form, please email the Safeguarding Office: safeguardingadmin@northamptondiocese.com

Copies of the DBS Application Form Continuation Sheet can be downloaded from the DBS website, using the link here

Click the links below to access the current version of the supporting Church forms required for a DBS application:

- DBS1 Volunteer Registration form

- DBS2 Volunteer Reference

- DBS3A Identity Verification

- DBS3B  Identity Verification

- DBS4 Safeguarding Self Declaration

- DBS 13 Update Service Identity Verification Form 

- DBS 17 Applicant Consent for DBS Processing

- DBS Privacy Notice

- CSAS DBS Privacy Notice 

- Update Service Leaflet

DBS Training

The Safeguarding Office training presentation on how to complete the DBS application form is now online. 

Click here to access this presentation. 

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