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Roman Catholic Diocese of Northampton


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The work of Safeguarding is rightly at the heart of the Church’s life and mission. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, said ‘I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.’ This life was shown in the many ways Jesus exercised his ministry to heal, to deliver and to teach. This work continues today. The Church must be a place where abuse is recognised for the evil it is and the damage it causes.

I am grateful to the Diocesan Safeguarding Office, the Diocesan Safeguarding Commission and our Parish Safeguarding Representatives for their tireless work in making the Church a safer place for everyone, especially children and those who are vulnerable. Please be assured that any safeguarding concerns raised, will be treated with appropriate professional attention. All allegations are referred to the statutory authorities in line with the national safeguarding directives of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

May all of us be vigilant and determined that those who come into contact with the Church will experience the abundant life offered us by the Good Shepherd, and not the pain and hurt many victims have unfortunately come to know.

David J. Oakley – Bishop of Northampton
A TIME TO LISTEN is part of the Bishop’s initiative to improve the way that the Diocese responds to, and engages with, victims and survivors of abuse. 

Bishop David is available to meet with anyone affected by abuse, as a victim, survivor, their families or supporters, where private discussions can take place in a safe and non-judgemental environment.

Bishop David has ensured that he is able to meet with people affected by abuse on a bi-monthly basis or more frequently, depending on your request.

These sessions can be accessed through

our Safeguarding Office – on 01604 723514 

or safeguarding @

We at St Peter’s Church are committed to the Safeguarding Policies of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, to protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults from any form of abuse or maltreatment and to promoting a safe environment for them.

We will liaise closely and openly with statutory agencies to ensure that any concerns or allegations of abuse that are raised are promptly reported and properly investigated, victims supported and perpetrators held to account.
Parish Priest: Canon Bennie Noonan
Parish Safeguarding Representative: Simon Worthy

Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator: Danielle Dixon – 01604 723514 or 07833 050628 or safeguarding @

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