Responsible for all matters relating to safeguarding within the diocese

The work of Safeguarding is rightly at the heart of the Church’s life and mission. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, said ‘I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.’ This life was shown in the many ways Jesus exercised his ministry to heal, to deliver and to teach. This work continues today. The Church must be a place where abuse is recognised for the evil it is and the damage it causes. I am grateful to the Diocesan Safeguarding Office, the Diocesan Safeguarding Commission and our Parish Safeguarding Representatives for their tireless work in making the Church a safer place for everyone, especially children and those who are vulnerable. Please be assured that any safeguarding concerns raised, will be treated with appropriate professional attention. All allegations are referred to the statutory authorities in line with the national safeguarding directives of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. May all of us be vigilant and determined that those who come into contact with the Church will experience the abundant life offered us by the Good Shepherd, and not the pain and hurt many victims have unfortunately come to know.”

David J. Oakley – Bishop of Northampton

Policy Position on Reporting Abuse

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger.

It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased.

If you are in any role within the Catholic Church in England and Wales, you must refer allegations directly to the safeguarding office for your diocese or religious congregation, or directly to the Police.

If you are a member of the public, please refer allegations directly to the police and also to the safeguarding office, details here. You can also contact The Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) by telephoning 020 7901 1920 or email

Holy Cross Safeguarding Representative

Shirley Whiterod Tel: 07955 670543

SS Philip & St James Safeguarding Representative

Anne Marie Blaney Tel: 07867 757598

Contact details for Diocese of Northampton

Danielle Dixon – Safeguarding coordinator
01604 723514
07833 050628

Lorraine Elks – Safeguarding Support Officer
01604 723516

Father Andrew Behrens – Clergy Advisor for safeguarding

01604 713015

Useful Links

Safeguarding Children

More information about ‘significant harm’ and types of abuse can be found in the Information Sheet ‘Abuse of Children’ on the CSAS website.

Safeguarding Adults

More information on abuse of adults can be found in other information sheets on the CSAS website.


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