Safeguarding at Downside

Downside Abbey is committed to the safety and welfare of all children, young people and vulnerable adults and will take all necessary steps to achieve this.  We acknowledge that their welfare and safety is paramount, and we will not accept any form of maltreatment or abuse of any person by any person.

Downside Abbey is guided by the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service. (CSAS) They are responsible for driving and supporting improvements in practice throughout the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Their primary role is of coordination, advice and support in respect of the wider aspect of safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults as well as training and the development and updating of policies and procedures.

CSAS assists us to “Safeguard with confidence.”   

Downside Abbey’s Community has periodic training and is monitored by Clifton Diocese Safeguarding, as well as engaging with the EduCare Programme which provides the Community with an eLearning package, and raises awareness throughout the Community of Safeguarding and is available to all members of the Catholic community.

The Monastery Safeguarding Lead is Kath Oxborrow who can be contacted either by email or phone. Office hours are Monday and Tuesday 08:00hrs until 3:30pm. Email address is or call 01761 235105. Or please visit our website

Downside Abbey operates under Clifton Diocese Safeguarding Office. For information please visit their website or call them on 0117 954 0993.

For access to CSAS please visit their website –

For information about EduCare, please visit their website –

Kath Oxborrow

Monastery Designated Safeguarding Lead