The Catholic Safeguarding Project has been established to ensure the delivery of wide- ranging reforms to safeguarding structures and processes in the Church in England and Wales.
In 2019, the Catholic Bishops Conference commissioned Ian Elliott to undertake a ‘root and branch’ review of safeguarding structures and procedures. This was the first such review in a number of years since the Nolan Report in 2001 and then Cumberledge Commission in 2007.
This project is to deliver the recommendations of the Elliott Review. Visit the project’s website: catholicsafeguardingproject.org
Project Implementation Team
The Project Implementation Team has pledged to disseminate a newsletter every two weeks from 1 February 2021 giving an overview of the work undertaken since the Implementation Plan was adopted. The Project Implementation Team comprises of Carol Lawrence (Director), Dr Colette Limbrick, Dr Edward Morgan and Fr David Smolira SJ.
Oversight of project
Good project management builds in good oversight. There is a Short Term Task Group, which meets fortnightly to review progress and give advice as the project develops.
From February 2021, this group will be combined with the Steering Group, which has continued since the Elliott Review.
This new Short Term Task Group is led by Archbishop Malcolm McMahon, and includes Sr Ellen Flynn DC, Fr Martin Ganeri OP, Fr Damian Howard SJ, Bishop Paul Mason, Ms
Lyn Murray, Fr John Poland, Bishop Marcus Stock, and Canon Christopher Thomas.
The Project Implementation Team will report to each meeting on progress made and seek guidance where it is needed. Organising oversight in this way ensures that there is good representation from across the Church and that the Project moves in the way that was envisaged in the Elliott Review.