(1) National Professional Standards Committee of the Catholic Church in Australia – August / October 2013

I was invited to visit Australia  for a number of weeks in 2013 to talk to a variety of Catholic Church audiences on the learning gained from introducing a standards based, independent review process for monitoring and assessing safeguarding practice in the Irish Catholic Church. Lectures and seminars were delivered at a number of venues throughout and across Australia. When there I was interviewed by Francis Sullivan, CEO, of the Truth, Justice, and Healing Council which is the body set up to interface with the Royal Commission. Here is a link to that interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obWcalSrU9M&t=6s


(2) Oasis India – January 2014

From 15th January 2014 through to the 1st  February 2014 I was in India supporting the work undertaken with vulnerable children by staff and volunteers involved with Oasis India and a number of other N.G.O’s in the city of Bangalore.

(3) The Catholic Institute for Deaf People (CIDP)

CIDP engaged me to provide a variety of safeguarding services for them. Working mainly with the boarding residences, I have provided reflective supervision to the Care Managers, rewritten safeguarding policies, advised on revamping the organisational structure, undertaken a comprehensive safeguarding review, and a number of other related tasks.


(4) Safeguarding advice and support to clergy and lay helpers in the Irish Catholic Church accused of safeguarding concerns:

I have provided advice and guidance to clergy who have been accused and assisted them in managing the circumstances that they find themselves in. I have also advised lay helpers in the Church who fee they have been wrongly accused of not adhering to safeguarding guidance.


(5) Expert Witness Reports:

I have a particular interest in historic abuse which has occurred within faith communities and have provided expert witness reports and testimony to the High Courts in London and in Belfast, on civil proceedings brought there. 


(6) Sodalitium Christainae Vitae

Sodalitium Christianae Vitae (SCV)  is a Pontifical Society for Apostolic Life founded in Peru, with branches in Ecuador, Chile, Brazil, Italy, and the United States of America. Over the course of this contract, I undertook a review of safeguarding concerns that emerged following a series of allegations that had been made against their founder, Luis Fernando Figari. This necessitated several visits across South America and to the Untied States. The primary focus of my work was the creation of a victim support programme, as well as contributing to the completion of a comprehensive review of past practice in the community. The publication of the Review Report took place in early February 2017.



(7) Church of England Safeguarding Review

I was asked to undertake a safeguarding review of allegations made by a survivor of clerical abuse within the Church of England. The Review was completed in March 2016 and published by the diocese and the national safeguarding team for the Church. It attracted considerable media attention as it highlighted significant failings in the safeguarding practices of the Church.


(8) The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army undertook to establish an international child protection team to ensure that it meets best practice standards in its work with young people across the one hundred and twenty eight countries in the world where it is present. I provided assistance to the Army with  the recruitment process for the establishment of this important resource for them. I also provided training speaking at two international conferences that they held.


(9) Scouting Ireland 

In 2017, I was engaged by Scouting Ireland to undertake a review of their safeguarding policies and procedures. I was also asked to provide a critical case review for them of an alleged rape case that caused great disquiet in the organisation. My work with Scouting Ireland extended and ended this year when I provided for them a Learning Review looking at Historical Sexual Abuse in Scouting. 


(10) Catholic Church of England and Wales

I was approached to lead an independent safeguarding review of the Catholic Church in England and Wales with a view to recommending changes in the structure and practices that would help to establish the Church as an example of best practice in the field. This contract is ongoing with a preliminary reporting date of October 2020.


(11) The Christian Congregation of Jehovah Witnesses UK.

I have provided safeguarding advice and guidance to CCJW to help them to develop their safeguarding practices, on occasions.


(12) Facebook Ireland

I was approached to support Facebook Ireland in ensuring that their contact with children and young people in the Republic, complied with the expectations set down in the Children First legislation. I also reviewed the direct services that they provide from their operational base in Dublin. 

(13) Royal Portrush Golf Club

I revised the safeguarding policies and procedures for the Club to ensure that their junior members were able to enjoy their golf in a safe and secure environment.

(14) Confederation of Golf Ireland

I undertook a revision of the safeguarding policies to be adopted by CGI to ensure that all young people involved in the game can do so in safe and secure environments.

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