|A Programme for Action:
||Final Report of the Independent Review on Child Protection
in the Catholic Church in England and Wales. September 2001. Often referred
to as “the Nolan Report”.
||A person who abuses (habitually or otherwise) another, sexually, emotionally,
physically or by neglect.
||A person against whom an accusation has been made.
||A letter written by a bishop to priests and religious working in the diocese.
||Visit to Rome made normally every five years by all the members of the
Bishops’ Conference of a particular jurisdiction: e.g. England &
||A term used in English administrative practice to describe a temporary
withdrawal of functions of a person in an official position, pending a definitive
decision; see also “temporary withdrawal from Active Ministry”.
A withdrawal from ministry is available once a juridical process has been
commenced in Canon Law.
||Pastoral work with people, done with a view to spreading the Gospel and
promoting the mission of the Church.
||In this report the term means a cleric who has been appointed to lead
the Church in a diocese (q.v.).
|Blemished CRB Disclosure:
||A disclosure that raises issues of concern regarding the individual.
||Child and Family Courts Advisory Support Service.
||The juridical system of the Catholic Church.
||The Catholic Trust for England and Wales.
|Catholic Office for the Protection of Children and
||The National body set up after ‘A Programme for Action’ the
Protection of Children to advise the Bishops and Congregational Leaders
on matters of child and vulnerable adult protection.
|Catholic Safeguarding The proposed title of the new
Advisory Service (CSAS):
|The proposed title of the new national body replacing COPCA.
||Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
||Anyone who has not reached their eighteenth birthday.
||Emotional, physical or sexual acts on children or neglect.
||The panel to be set up to consider allegations of abuse on behalf of the
Diocesan Child Protection or Religious Child Protection Commission.
||One who alleges that a person (either him/herself or another) has been
|Conference of Bishops:
||The assembly of all the bishops in a country, which exercises a pastoral
role within that territory. There is a single Conference of Bishops for
England and Wales, one for Scotland, and one for Ireland (including both
Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland).
|Conference of Religious:
||An assembly of Congregational leaders (q.v.) of a country. In England
and Wales there is a single Conference of both men and women Congregational
||In this report the term is used to refer to an agreement entered into
by a victim of abuse and a person who is legally liable for the abuse, or
that person’s insurer, not to make public the facts of the abuse nor
the detail of any compensation or other support payment negotiated or received.
|Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:
||An Office of the Holy See, the duty proper to the Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith is to promote and safeguard the doctrine on the faith
and morals throughout the Catholic world: for this reason everything which
in any way touches such matter falls within its competence.
||This is not an official term, but is used in this report to include the
Major Superior or Moderator of a Religious Congregation (q.v.), or of a
Province of a Religious Congregation, and also of an autonomous monastery
of men or women religious.
||Term used to describe a religious community (q.v.) which is principally
devoted to a life of prayer and which typically has no apostolic activity.
|Covenant of Care:
||An agreement between the Church and the victim, or the Church and the
accused as described in the “National Policy for the support of those
who have suffered abuse and the support of those accused of abuse”.
||Child Protection Coordinator
||Child Protection Officer
||An application to the Criminal Records Bureau to check the criminal records
for any information
about the applicant.
||(plural: decreta generalia): In Canon Law, this means subsidiary legislation
determining the way in which general laws are applied.
|Diocesan Child Protection
|A group of independent child and vulnerable adult experts appointed by
the Bishop to advise him on all matters pertaining to child and vulnerable
adult protection. (Also referred to as the Diocesan Child Protection Management
||A portion of the Church entrusted to the care of a Bishop (q.v.) and his
||A General Decree issued with the approval of the Holy See by the Bishops’
Conference of the United States, with the force of law.
||In this report the term is used to refer to the human, spiritual, intellectual
and religious education of a person, at the beginning of his/her priestly
or religious life.
|Historic Child Abuse:
||Cases of child abuse which occurred in the past, but are just coming to
||The Pope in his role as Bishop of Rome, and those offices under his authority
which exercise his functions in his name.
||Direction, advice and support to ensure work objectives and targets are
|Local Child Protection Representatives (LCPR):
||Those volunteers in the parishes who coordinate all child protection issues
for their parish.
||The author of “A Programme for Action”.
|National Safeguarding Commission (NSC):
||Proposed title for the new national Commission to be mandated by the Bishops’
Conference and the Conference of Religious to oversee the strategic direction
of children and vulnerable adults’ safeguarding policy for the Catholic
Church in England & Wales.
||National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
|One Church Approach:
||Commitment to using the same policies, procedures and systems throughout
the Church in England and Wales.
||A term used in Canon Law, including Bishops and Vicars General and also
certain clerical Congregational Leaders.
||Sexual feelings directed towards pre-pubescent children.
||The welfare of the child is of the paramount concern.
||A local community of the Christian Faithful, under the care of a Parish
||Protection of Children Act
||Protection of Vulnerable Adults
||Support in dealing with emotional and professional aspects of the role.
(Also known as professional
||In the context of Canon 455, this term means the approval by the Holy
See of a General Decree issued by the Conference of Bishops giving it the
force of law.
|Registered CRB Body:
||An organisation which has signatory rights for an application to the CRB
for a disclosure.
|Religious Child Protection Commission:
||There are four in England and Wales and these have been set up, as the
Diocesan Protection Commissions, to advise the Congregational Leaders concerning
child and vulnerable adult protection matters. (Also referred to as the
Religious Child Protection Management Commission)
||A community consisting of members of a Religious Congregation (q.v.).
||In this report the term includes Institutes of consecrated life, whether
of men or of women, which are recognised as Religious by the ecclesiastical
hierarchy, and also autonomous monasteries of both men and women.
||See Congregational Leader.
||A term widely used for Religious Congregations (q.v.), properly used of
some of the more ancient ones.
||The Panel to be set up to review a case following the recommendation of
the Diocesan or Religious
Safeguarding Commission Panel at the request of a Bishop or Congregational
||See Annexe G.
|“Safe From Harm”:
||Safe From Harm: A Code of Practice for Safeguarding the Welfare of Children
in Voluntary Organisations in England and Wales, Home Office, 1993.
||Protect against something undesirable.
|Standards of Proof:
||Balance of probabilities is, as the name suggests, a balance by a Court
or Tribunal of the evidence before it which is the more convincing leading
to a decision; Beyond reasonable doubt is the standard of proof applicable
in criminal proceedings and is the requirement to be satisfied so as to
be sure; Moral certainty is the standard of proof required for judicial
decisions at Canon Law (c. 1608§1). It is similar to the standard required
in criminal cases in English Law.
||In this report this refers to the Police, Social Services, and Probation
||A self-governing religious community.
|Superior of Religious Order:
||See Congregational Leader.
||One who has been abused and has survived the abuse. In this report, for
the sake of clarity the word “victim” is used for all who have
been abused, although it is recognised that this is not the term preferred
by all who have been abused.
|Temporary withdrawal from active Ministry:
||Term used to describe the temporary withdrawal of functions of a priest
or religious from a pastoral role, pending a definitive decision; see also
|Temporary withdrawal from role:
||Term used to describe the temporary withdrawal of functions of a person
other than a priest or religious engaged in a pastoral role in the Church,
pending a definitive decision; see also “temporary withdrawal from
||One who has been sexually, emotionally or physically abused or neglected.
||See Annex H.