Curriculum Vitae


Ian Elliott




Mobile: 07809350371



Masters of Business Administration – Open University Business School – 1996

Masters of Science in Applied Social Studies – University of Ulster – 1976

Bachelor of Arts – Trinity College, Dublin University – 1970

Leaving Certificate with Honours – St. Andrew’s College, Dublin – 1966


Professional Qualifications:

Certificate in Advanced Social Work – Queens University – 1983

Certificate of Qualification in Social Work – 1976

Registered Social Worker with N.I.S.C.C – No. 1002698



Research Scholarship to Vermont Social Services 2006 looking at “Outcome led Management”

Committee of the Regions, European Parliament, Brussels -1998 – Joint paper on “Child Safety and the Internet”

Research paper to ISPCAN Conference, Dublin, 1996 – “Child Protection and Teachers”



Safeguarding Consultant – July 2013 to present

Chief Executive Officer – National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland -July 2007 to June 2013


Lead Advisor on Child Protection in the Department of Health, Social Services, and Public Safety in Northern Ireland – January 2006 to June 2007


Director for the NSPCC in Northern Ireland – January 2001 to June 2006


Area Children’s Services Manager for NSPCC – June 1996 to January 2001


Child Protection Team Leader for NSPCC – May 1985 to June 1996


Intake Team Leader for NHSSB – February 1974 to May 1985


Youth Employment Officer for NIYES – April 1972 to January 1974


Conference Papers:

Keynote address at Restorative Justice Conference, Marquette University, Milwaukee 2011 – “Safeguarding Children in the Irish Catholic Church: Lessons Learned”


Keynote address at the BASPCAN Eighth Annual Conference, Belfast 2012 – “Clerical Abuse in the Catholic Church in Ireland – Transparency, Accountability, and Review


Keynote address to the North/South Inter –Parliamentary Association, Leinster House, Dublin, October 2012 – “Facilitating Effective Safeguarding across the Island of Ireland”

Keynote address at the Australian Catholic University, Sydney 2013 – “Learning from the Experiences of the Irish Catholic Church”

Keynote address at the Second Biennial Child Protection and Welfare Social Work Conference, University College, Cork – October 2009  “Safeguarding Children in the Irish Catholic Church”

Keynote address to CCPAS Conference, London, September 2014 “Lessons Learned from Clerical Abuse in the Catholic Church in Ireland”




Chapter in book: – “Children’s Rights and Child Protection: Critical Times, Critical Issues in Ireland”


Article in Child Care in Practice Northern Ireland – Volume 2 Issue 3 1996 – “Teachers and Child Protection”


Article in Reality Journal, February 2011: “Why Mandatory Reporting is Necessary”


Various opinion pieces in national newspapers on child safeguarding issues within Ireland.


Serious Incident Investigations:

Report into the Management of Two Child Abuse Cases in the Dioceses of Cloyne, Ireland

I have also undertaken two child death reviews through my role as director of the NSPCC.



Safeguarding Reviews:

(1) Safeguarding Reviews carried out in six catholic dioceses in Ireland and published November 2011. Second tranche of Safeguarding Reviews carried out in four catholic dioceses and three religious orders in September 2012. Third tranche of Safeguarding Reviews carried out in six dioceses and one missionary society and published in April 2013

I have also undertaken a review for the Church of England with regard to their response to allegations of abuse involving members of the hierarchy.


(2) I was asked to join with Dr Kathleen McChesney and Dr Monica Applewhite, in undertaking a serious incident investigation and safeguarding review of a religious community based mainly in South America. They are called the Solidatium Christianae Vitae and are located in Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, Italy, Brazil, and the United States. My main responsibility in the work was the creation of a victim support programme as well as contributing to the safeguarding review. The work involved extensive travel across the various locations were the community is present.



Extensive media experience both broadcast and print at a national level in Ireland and also overseas.




Internet Skills:

Basic computer literacy including Microsoft Office.



Since stepping down from my previous post as CEO in the NBSCCCI  I have worked in Australia, England, and  across Ireland. I also have undertaken a short term contract working with an NGO in Bangalore, India to provide training in child safeguarding.

Over the course of the last year, my work has taken me to Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, and the United States, as well as across the United Kingdom.




Ian A. Elliott