Cardinal welcomes Final Report of Nolan Review on child protection
posted on 17 September 2001
On the publication of the final report by Lord Nolan's independent Review on Child Protection, 'A Programme for Action', Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, said:
'I and my fellow bishops are most grateful to Lord Nolan and his independent, voluntary committee, and I would like to take this opportunity of passing on to them our warmest thanks for their reports.
'The First Report was considered by the bishops at our Low Week meeting and all the recommendations were unanimously accepted. This Final Report, published today, is clearly a thorough and comprehensive document and will be discussed by the bishops at our November meeting.
'It is the aim of all of us that the Catholic Church in England and Wales will come to be seen as an example of best practice in the prevention of child abuse, and in responding to it.'
The Cardinal asked Lord Nolan to chair the independent review in summer 2000. After the review's First Report was published in April, the Catholic bishops agreed to implement its recommendations in full, and asked Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Birmingham to chair an implementation team to begin work immediately on implementing those recommendations requiring action at national level. The bishops' next meeting is 12-15 November in Leeds.