Curriculum Vitae

Ian Elliott



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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”



Independent 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

Inaugural  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 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”

Chapter in book:-  ” Letters to a Broken Church: Recognising Dangerous Safeguarding Practices in the Church of England.”

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

Serious Incident Investigations and Reports:

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

(2) A Safeguarding Review of the Reverend A (Deceased) 

Commissioned by the Church of England, diocese of London, and the National Safeguarding Team submitted 2016

(3) Safeguarding Reviews carried out in six catholic dioceses in Ireland and published November 2011.

(4) Second tranche of Safeguarding Reviews carried out in four catholic dioceses and three religious orders in September 2012.

(5) Third tranche of Safeguarding Reviews carried out in six dioceses and one missionary society and published in April 2013

(5) Serious incident investigation and safeguarding review of Solidatum Christianae Vitae, a religious community based mainly in South America. They are located in Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, Italy, Brazil, and the United States. I created 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.

(6) Historical Sexual Abuse in Scouting: A Learning Review.  I was commissioned to carry out a Learning Review examining the historical abuse that took place in Scouting in Ireland, and which became the focus of great public concern. Completed and submitted in March 2020.

(7) Independent Review of Safeguarding Structures and Arrangements within the Catholic Church in England and Wales. October 2020


Extensive media experience both broadcast and print at a national level in Ireland and also overseas. Giving the work that I have been involved in since setting up my independent safeguarding consultancy in 2013, this has generated considerable media interest. Through that work, I have developed an ability to engage and work with media in a way that advances safeguarding developments in the organisations that I have worked with.


Internet Skills:

Basic computer literacy including Microsoft Office, video conferencing, and social media.


I live with my wife on the north coast of Antrim, where I also try to play golf on some of the most beautiful golf courses anywhere in the world. I am also a grandfather, and avid reader of thrillers, and a lover of good food and wine.

Ian A. Elliott


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