Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

Safeguarding of us all, especially our children and young people, and those who are vulnerable, is a key priority for the Church in the Diocese of Northampton. It is a priority that springs from the very message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ who came to heal wounds and restore right relationships in his love for all people.

Being loved and kept safe go to the very core of the Church’s ministry to children and vulnerable adults.

Bishop Peter Doyle

Shirley Whiterod is the Holy Cross Parish Safeguarding Representative.

As a nominated Safeguarding Representative, this role entails the promotion of good and safe practices in all activities involving vulnerable people within the parish and congregation, supported by the Church’s national policies and procedures for safeguarding The Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS).

The role also includes facilitating the safer recruitment of those working with vulnerable people, including the completion of the DBS disclosure process. Furthermore, Shirley acts as the central point for concerns to be shared and as a link between the Diocese and the parish.

Shirley can be contacted via the Contact Form

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

The Diocesan Safeguarding Team are:

Safeguarding Co-ordinator – Danielle Dixon
Office Telephone: 01604 723514
Mobile: 07833 050628

Safeguarding Support Officer – Lorraine Elks
Office Telephone: 01604 723516

The Safeguarding Team Postal address:

Safeguarding Office
Bishop’s House
Marriot Street


We are committed to safeguarding children, young people, victims of domestic abuse and vulnerable adults. Details of our safeguarding policy can be found here.