Safeguarding Children, Young People and Adults at Risk

Every human being has a value and dignity which we in the Church and as Salesians acknowledge as coming from God's creation of male and female in his own image and likeness. This implies a duty to value all people and to support them and protect them from harm.

The Salesians of Don Bosco are committed to observe the Safeguarding Policies of the Catholic Church in England, Wales and Scotland in line with the policies enunciated by the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission in England and Wales and the Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service, believing that every child, young person and adult at risk has a right to expect the highest level of care, protection, love, encouragement and respect.

Reporting abuse

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child or adult at risk, do not delay in contacting the police, using 999 if a child or adult is believed to be in immediate danger.

It is the policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales to report all allegations of abuse to statutory authorities, regardless of whether the abuse occurred recently or in the past, or whether the accused person is living or deceased.

If you are in any role within the Catholic Church in England and Wales, you must refer allegations directly to the safeguarding office for your diocese or religious congregation, or directly to the Police. To contact the Safeguarding Office for the Salesians of Don Bosco UK, call 01204 600 720.

If you are a member of the public, please refer allegations directly to the police and also to the safeguarding office in your diocese; (the relevant Diocesan safeguarding office can be located using the interactive map on the links page of the CSAS website - contact details will be shown when you click on the relevant area of the map). You can also contact CSAS by telephoning 0207 901 1920 or via email at

If your safeguarding concern is about a Salesian work or context please contact the Safeguarding Commission for Orders in Education or the Safeguarding Lead at the Salesian Provincial Office, Thornleigh House, Sharples Park, Bolton, BL1 6PQ or email

Download our Safeguarding Policy - updated 12 June 2020

Contact our Safeguarding Office

Fr Mervyn Williams SDB
Safeguarding Officer
Thornleigh Salesian House
Sharples Park

Telephone (Provincial Office) +44 (0) 1204 600 720


Visit the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission website