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 Launch Press Release - 11 July 2006

Cumberlege Commission Completes Evidence Gathering:
Findings Expected by Autumn 2007

The body charged with reviewing the way the Catholic Church protects children and vulnerable adults from abuse – the Cumberlege Commission - has completed the task of receiving submissions and hearing oral evidence. It is expected to publish its findings by the autumn of 2007.

The Commission, chaired by Baroness Cumberlege, follows on from Lord Nolan’s independent review of child protection in the Catholic Church and his 2001 report, A Programme for Action. The Cumberlege Commission is reviewing the implementation of Lord Nolan’s report. Its terms of reference are to:

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Review the implementation of the Nolan Report A Programme for Action both nationally and locally in the dioceses and religious congregations.
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Make any recommendations for change taking account of statutory and good practice developments since the publication of the Nolan review.
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Consider the role of the central office (COPCA) in delivering these and any outstanding Nolan recommendations.
 Baroness Cumberlege

Since the Cumberlege Commission was set up in July 2006 a total of 290 organisations and individuals have submitted evidence via the review body’s website (www.cumberlegecommission.org.uk) or sent in written submissions.
There have been 23 oral evidence sessions and the Commission has also heard from or visited each of the 22 diocesan and four religious congregation child protection commissions.

Commenting, Baroness Cumberlege says:
“All members of the Commission are grateful to everyone who has given oral or written evidence or received us on our many visits. This has greatly helped us to review just how far the systems and processes introduced over the past five years have helped to develop a culture of watchfulness aimed at protecting children and vulnerable adults in the Catholic Church.

“Now that we have completed our evidence-gathering we are turning our attention to writing our report and recommendations, which we expect to publish by the autumn of 2007.”

Press contact (for press only): Alan Ali, press officer, on 0781 0281 240
Notes to editors:

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The Cumberlege Commission was launched on 11 July 2006. Baroness Cumberlege was asked by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor to chair a commission of experts to review progress made by the Catholic Church in the protection of children and vulnerable adults since Lord Nolan’s review in 2000-2001. The Commission includes:
 
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Baroness Cumberlege CBE DL (Chair)
 
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Baroness Butler-Sloss, GBE (Vice Chair)
 
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Abbott Richard Yeo OSB, Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation
 
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Sister Bernie Porter RSJ, CBE, member of the Society of the Sacred Heart (until 30th November 2006)
 
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Sister Raymunda Jordan OP, Vicaress on the General Council of the Congregation of St. Catherine of Siena (from 1st December 2006)
 
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Bishop John Arnold, auxiliary bishop in Westminster
 
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Ms Hannah Miller, Director of Adult Social Services, London Borough of Croydon
 
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Fr Kieron O’ Brien, parish priest in Chichester with the Witterings and the child protection co-coordinator for the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton
 
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Mr. Terence Grange QPM, Chief Constable of the Dyfed-Powys Police, ACPO lead on violent crime
 
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Bishop Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton
 
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Mr. Bill Kilgallon OBE, Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence
 
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Ms Caroline Abrahams, leads on children and young people for the Local Government Association and was a member of Lord Nolan’s original Review.
 
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Professor David Middleton, former Head of Sex Offender Strategy and Programmes, Public Protection & Licensed Release Unit, National Offender Management Service & National Probation Directorate at the Home Office in London
 
The Commission also has a part-time 3-person secretariat:
 
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Dr Valerie Brasse, Secretary/Adviser to the Commission
 
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Ms Rose Anderson, Administrative Support to the Commission
 
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Mr. Arman Alan Ali, Press Officer to the Commission
 
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Individuals and representatives of bodies that gave oral evidence to the Cumberlege Commission:
 
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The Conference of Religious
 
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The Catholic Bishops Conference of England & Wales
 
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The Bishops Conference of Scotland
 
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Catholic Office for the Protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults (COPCA)
 
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Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors (MACSAS)
 
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Churches Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS)
 
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The Association of Directors of Social Services
 
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NSPCC
 
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The Canon Law Society
 
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Catholic Church Insurance Association
 
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The National Conference of Priests of England & Wales
 
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The Child Abuse Investigation Command of the Metropolitan Police
 
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The Rectors of the 4 four seminaries in England & Wales
 
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CaTEW Secretariat (Catholic Trust for England & Wales)
 
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Child Protection Officers and Child Protection Coordinators
 
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Local Child Protection Representatives
 
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Chairs of Child Protection Commissions
 
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Mgr. Charles Scicluna, Promoter of Justice, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Holy See
 
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National Office for Vocations
 
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Methodist Church of Great Britain/Church of England
 
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Sir Roger Singleton, Department for Education & Science
 
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Tom Horwood, former acting Director of the Catholic Communications Network
 
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Donald Findlater (Lucy Faithful Foundation)


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