The four open questions posed on the website
1. Do you think the implementation of Lord Nolan’s
report, ‘A Programme for Action’, has worked?
If not, why not?
What more needs to be done?
Where are the gaps
What are the barriers to it working well?
2. Do you think that the processes introduced nationally and locally have
struck the right balance between creating a safe environment for children and
vulnerable adults and being fair and just to those who serve the Church community?
If not, can you say what could be done differently to achieve this balance?
3. Lord Nolan recommended that a national child protection unit be established
• provide advice and consultation to the Conferences of Bishops and
Religious on the protection of children and vulnerable adults
• co-ordinate the development of national policies and procedures
• collect and disseminate good practice
• facilitate child protection training and awareness raising
• monitor the effectiveness of arrangements locally and secure improvements
• establish and maintain the central confidential database of information
• liaise with the statutory agencies (including the Criminal Records Bureau)
Do you think that the Catholic Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable
Adults (COPCA) has fulfilled these functions?
Does it have a role to play in the future?
If so, say what role that should be?
Are there any changes you think should be made to deliver that role?
4. How well do you think the new organisational structures (introduced in
the dioceses and religious orders) are working?
Are they efficient and effective?
What, if any, improvements might be made?