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safeguarding matters within the Diocese, including those Religious Orders,
Congregations and the Bishopric of the Forces who are affiliated to the diocesan
Safeguarding Commission. His/her purpose is to lead in the implementation and
management of safeguarding policy and practice, including safer recruitment, to
inform, advise and collaborate with the Safeguarding Commissions, Bishop and
Congregation Leaders on appropriate practice, to manage all matters relating to
concerns and allegations of abuse, and to maintain active links with statutory agencies
including the Local Safeguarding Children Board, adult Social Care services, the police
and MAPPA agencies. The Safeguarding Coordinator directs the Safeguarding Office

The Safeguarding Office
The Safeguarding Office, under the direction of the Safeguarding Coordinator (q.v.), is
responsible for the processing of DBS checks as part of the wider safe-
recruitment policy of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. It keeps a database
for the diocese and also maintains information on the national database held by CSAS.
It is responsible for the recruitment and training of parish representatives in the
procedures they must follow when volunteers are appointed in the parish, in best
practice in dealing with situations where children and vulnerable adults are present,
and in what to do when concerns arise over a particular situation or person including
compliance with the relevant Diocesan Operating Procedures. The Safeguarding Office
co-ordinates a training programme across the Diocese and offers general support to
the Safeguarding Coordinator

The Diocesan Tribunal
The Bishop appoints a duly qualified Judicial Vicar to act on his behalf in all judicial
and canonical matters. The work of the Diocesan Tribunal in practice is chiefly
concerned with applications for a decree of nullity or dissolution of a marriage bond.
A divorced party approaches the Tribunal for the investigation of their previous
marriage in order to establish whether the marriage was a valid marriage and whether
there is sufficient evidence to demonstrate that an essential element of marriage was
absent so that a declaration of nullity can be granted.

The Chancery
The Bishop appoints a Chancellor, whose task is to ensure that the acts of the curia are
drawn up, dispatched and archived according to due form and process. In cases of
marriage, the Chancellor by mandate of the Bishop, has powers to dispense from
impediments to marriage dispensable by the Ordinary (Can 1078). He acts as a sole
judge in cases concerning the impediment of ligament and in cases concerning the
defect of canonical form. He can dispense from canonical form (Can 1127 n.2) and
grant retroactive validation (Can 1161 & 1165). Moreover, by mandate of the Bishop,
the Chancellor may grant diocesan faculties to a visiting priest, grant leave of absence,
issue celebrets, grant faculties to receive a non-Catholic into full communion with the
Church and grant priests of the diocese the faculty to administer the Sacrament of
Confirmation (Can 882). The Chancellor has a further responsibility for maintaining the
diocesan Foundation Mass Book, managing the Mass stipends account and
distributing Masses where necessary. The Chancellor may also act as a notary for the
Bishop’s Office.

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