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Diocesan staff receive safeguarding and data training

The Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator and Data Protection Officer recently provided training for curial staff at the White House in Poringland.

Some 15 members of diocesan staff attended the training session at diocesan headquarters. Mick Thurley, Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator, began by explaining the journey that the Catholic Church had undertaken with safeguarding over the last 20 years.

He talked staff though the Nolan Report of 2001, the review by Baroness Cumberledge in 2007, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) in 2015 and the Elliot Review in 2020. He also explained the roles of the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency (CSSA) and the Religious Life Safeguarding Service.

Staff had an opportunity to understand the diocesan safeguarding structures and were walked through the process of how to respond to a safeguarding allegation. Mick Thurley illustrated his talk with examples of how priests and diocesan staff had responded effectively in reporting incidents in the past.

Mick Thurley can be contacted on 020 8505 4199, mobile 07429 215344, or by email on

Diocesan Data Protection Officer Sarah Truman then updated staff on data protections. She covered the responsibilities of those who control data, and people’s rights under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) of 2016 and subsequent legislation.

Sarah also explained the legal rules for processing and storing data and provided lots of practical advice on how to prevent a data breach.

The day provided space for many one-to-one discussions between various members of staff, for whom the training event was a valuable chance to meet in-person.

Pictured above are trainers and staff at the training day.