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 •Executive Summary
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 •Ch. 5: Structures
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 First Nolan Report

Chapter 1 - Introduction

1.1 Last summer, the Archbishop of Westminster invited Lord Nolan to chair an independent committee to carry out a review on child protection in the Catholic Church in England and Wales. The Committee is made up of four members who are Catholics and six who are not.

The members are:

The Rt Hon The Lord Nolan (Chairman)
The Rt Hon Sir Swinton Thomas (Vice-Chairman)
Retired Lord Justice of Appeal
Caroline Abrahams
Director of Public Policy, NCH
The Rev Tim Bryan
Detective Inspector, Metropolitan Police (joined the Committee in October 2000)
Hilary Eldridge, BA(Hons), Dip SW, CQSW
Director, Lucy Faithfull Foundation
Monsignor Jack Kennedy
Child Protection Co-ordinator, Liverpool Archdiocese
Dr Maurice Lipsedge, MPhil, FRCP, FRCPsych, FFOM(Hon)
Consultant Psychiatrist, South London and the Maudsley NHS Trust
Gill Mackenzie
Chief Probation Officer of Gloucestershire and Chairman of the Association of Chief Probation Officers
The Rt Rev Peter Smith
Bishop of East Anglia
David Veness
Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police

Chris Brearley, formerly Director General in the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, is Secretary to the Review.

1.2 Our terms of reference are:

To examine and review arrangements made for child protection and the prevention of abuse within the Catholic Church in England and Wales, and to make recommendations.

It is not our role to investigate or comment on individual cases and we have not done so.

1.3 The Committee first met on 25 September 2000 and has held nine meetings so far. We have received information about the present arrangements in dioceses and how they are working, including a very helpful meeting with a group of diocesan Child Protection Co-ordinators. We sought contributions to our work from all who wished to make one, and have received over 150 submissions from both individuals and organisations. We are most grateful to all those who have taken the time to contribute in this way; many very helpful suggestions have been made. Donald Findlater of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation has attended a number of our meetings and contributed most helpfully. We are also most grateful for an opportunity Lord Nolan had to discuss child protection issues with Bishop Laurence Forristal, Bishop of Ossory, and other members of an advisory committee of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference.

1.4 In approaching its task the Committee has paid regard to what is viewed as good child protection practice and sought, wherever possible, to apply it to the policies and procedures of the Church. In the seven years since the 1994 Guidelines were issued much has been learned in the UK about how to ensure that sound principles are translated into effective action on the ground.

1.5 This report is unanimous. It is presented to the Archbishop of Westminster in time for consideration by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales at their Low Week meeting in April 2001. This report gives a clear indication in broad terms of the arrangements that we believe need to be in place to enable the Church to be an example of best practice in the prevention of child abuse and in responding to it, and to restore confidence. We see the recommendations as complementing and reinforcing each other. They constitute a single programme of action. We have not, however, yet been able to discuss the emerging conclusions and their implementation in detail with all those we would like to, nor to develop a number of our recommendations more fully. We intend to do this over the next few months and to produce our final report in the summer.

1.6 Chapter Two looks briefly at the current situation and discusses a number of general issues. Chapter Three looks at the action needed to create as safe an environment as possible for children and young people and those who work with them. Chapter Four reviews and makes recommendations to strengthen arrangements for responding to allegations of abuse. Chapter Five summarises our views of the key structures needed at parish, diocesan and national level to underpin our recommendations on good practice. Chapter Six summarises our main conclusions and lists all our recommendations.

1.7 Necessarily in writing about the Catholic Church as well as about child protection we have had to use a number of specialised terms and, so far as possible, these are explained in Annex One.

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