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Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS)Procedures Manual


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

  Policy Statement Updated
  Key Principles and Values Updated
  Legislative Framework Updated
  Key Terms Updated
  Organisational Structure and Key Roles Updated
  Safeguarding Structure New
  Local Safeguarding Structure New

2. Responding to Allegations and Concerns

  Children - Management of Allegations and Concerns Updated
  Adults - Management of Allegations and Concerns Updated
  Quick Guide Responding to Allegations New
  Disclosure of Abuse and the Sacrament of Reconciliation  
  Safeguarding Plans: Management of Risk and Support within the Church Updated
  Risk Information Framework  
  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  
  Safeguarding in Independent Schools associated with Religious Congregations Updated
  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  
  Whistleblowing Policy - Safeguarding Work Updated
  Sample Code of Conduct for Leaders and Helpers New
  Sample Code of Conduct for Children and Young People involved in Church Activities New
  Testimonial of Suitability Supply Clergy  
  Appeals and Complaints Regarding Use of Disclosures within the Church  
  DBS Online Update Service and Online Status Checks  
  Disclosure Outcomes and Assessment Including Blemished/Positive Disclosure Process and Assessing Relevancy of Criminal Records  

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

Information Sheets

Good Practice Guidance

  Guidelines Supporting People who may be Experiencing Domestic Abuse Updated
  Conducting an Initial Meeting to Inform an Individual within the Catholic Church that Safeguarding Concerns have arisen or an Allegation has been made New
  Safeguarding and the Ministry of Healing  
  Information Sharing Protocol  
  Re-integration into Ministry Updated


  Recording a Disclosure of Abuse, an Allegation or Concerns  
  Review Panels Updated
  Induction Pack for Commission Members New
  Induction Pack for Parish Safeguarding Representatives New
  Commission Chair – Model Person Specification and Role Description New
  National Standards for Induction, Supervision, Support, Training and Appraisal  


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

6. Safer Recruitment and DBS

  Safer Recruitment Policy and Procedure  
  Policy Statement on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders  
  Dealing with Criminal Record Check Disclosure Outcomes Policy and Procedure - to follow  
  Handling DBS Related Complaints Policy and Procedure - to follow  
  Policy on Secure Storage and Retention of DBS Related Documentation  
  Information Sheet - Renewal of Criminal Record Checks  
  Information Sheet - The DBS and the Catholic Church in England and Wales  
  Information Sheet - Eligibility for DBS Disclosure Applications  
  Information Sheet - Types of DBS Disclosure  
  Information Sheet - Useful Links  
  Information Sheet - Appointment and Removal of Countersignatories  
  Information Sheet - Access to the National Database  
  Information Sheet - DBS Definition of a Volunteer  
  Information Sheet - Disclosures for Seminarians and Religious in Formation  
  Information Sheet - Identity Verification - to follow  
  Information Sheet - Online Update Service - to follow  
  Information Sheet - The Role List  
  Information Sheet - Completion of Paper Application Forms for DBS Disclosures  
  Information Sheet - Duty to Refer to the DBS  
  Flowchart - Safer Recruitment of New Volunteers  
  Flowchart - Recruitment and Appointment Process Planner  
  Flowchart - Decision Making Tool for Supervision - DBS  

7. Forms and Appendices

  Forms Library  
  Catholic Keywords  
  Using this Manual  

8. 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