Safeguarding Commission Role
Appointed by the Diocesan Bishop and acting on his and the Diocesan Trustees’ behalf the Commission has advisory and supportive functions.
The Commission receives all national policies and through the Co-ordinator implements/updates them across the Diocese in a timely fashion.
The Commission also acts upon new reports of allegations/concerns of abuse of children, young people and vulnerable adults that have occurred within a Church environment and works with the statutory agencies accordingly. Existing cases are reviewed regularly.
RCDOW Safeguarding Commission
The RCDOW Safeguarding Commission currently has 10 members from a wide range of backgrounds including; Police, a retired LADO, Religious Order Representatives, Clergy and Barrister.
The Chair of the RCDOW Safeguarding Commission has over 35 years local authority experience and specialised in managing safeguarding and front-line social work services as well as specialist residential, youth justice, asylum and homelessness services. In addition to his operational responsibilities his particular areas of experience include service transformation, project/change management, commissioning and audit work. Prior to retirement in June 2012 he was the Assistant Director for Children’s Social Care in an inner-London borough and now works part-time as an independent management consultant.
Mr Peter Houghton, Commission Chair
Ms Barbara Beese, Deputy Chair
Mr Michael Ashe QC
Mr Andrzej Wdowiak
Ms Angela Killeen
Ms Anne Mitchell
Ms Mary Coller
Fr Stephen Coker
Mrs Marianne Harrington
Sr Frances Patricia Cullen, CSFN
Rev Monsignor Seamus O'Boyle
The Episcopal Vicar for Safeguarding
Ms Eva Edohen
The Safeguarding Co-ordinator