The Catholic Church in Wales recognises the need to minister sensitively and considerately to victims and survivors of all forms of abuse and harm, whether recent or historical. The Church is committed to the provision of appropriate and supportive pastoral care for victims and survivors, their families and anyone else affected by association. In particular, anyone who has suffered abuse within the Church will be listened to with compassion and humility, provided with a safe environment in which to reflect on their experience and offered support and care to meet their needs. Each individual’s journey is unique to them, and the things that are important, that help them and that provide them with hope and sustenance will be different in every case. In seeking to provide this care and support, it is essential that the voice of the victim or survivor is heard and that their knowledge of their own experience informs our response.
Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with either the Church of England, the Catholic Church in England and Wales or the Church in Wales.
You can contact the Safe Spaces team by: