Safeguarding OfficeSafeguarding CommissionLocal Reps and Designated Link PersonCatholic Safeguarding Advisory ServiceNational Commission

If you have any concerns about the immediate safety of someone who is vulnerable you should contact the police or your local social services department. Please follow safeguarding good practice guidance (see CSAS procedures).

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Marie O'DonnellyMarie O’Donnelly - Diocesan Safeguarding Co-ordinator

Contact Marie if you need:
- advice about good practice guidance
- advice about the conduct of adult workers or volunteers
- advice about policies and procedures
- advice and support if you have concerns about a child, young person or adult who may be at risk
- help regarding support that can be offered to people hurt by abuse
- to report safeguarding incidents or concerns

By phone on 0114 256 6453, 07909 117964 or by e-mail at

For urgent Safeguarding  issues, or if you have any worries about a child or adult who may be at risk, please contact the Police or the Social Care unit of your Local Authority.


Fr PeterFr. Peter D McGuire - Clergy Advisor for Safeguarding

Contact Fr Peter if you:
- have any of the above concerns
- want further advice about the Catholic perspective on safeguarding

By phone on 01246 432 289 or by e-mail at




Jo photoJo Pearson - Safeguarding Administrator

Contact Jo (Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 4.30pm) for:
- all administrative matters
- DBS enquiries
- safe recruitment practices
- to book or request training

By phone on 0114 256 6453 or by e-mail at





Amanda Bramall photoAmanda Bramall - Database Assistant

Contact Amanda on (Thursday 8am - 4pm) if you have any queries about:
- any aspect of the progress of DBS applications
- volunteer recruitment 

-foundation governors

By e-mail at





Bernie Ware - Safeguarding Team Manager  Contact


The Hallam Catholic Safeguarding Commission:

• Seeks to implement National and Diocesan Policies, Guidelines and Procedures on the safeguarding, care and protection of children, young people and adults who may be at risk.

• Works closely with the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) and through Parish Safeguarding Representatives and Designated Link Persons.

• Secures a strategy for the promotion of good and safe environments in all parishes and other apostolic works throughout the Diocese.

• Has advisory, supportive and monitoring functions and exists to discharge these functions at a strategic level in all matters relating to safeguarding in the Diocese/Religious Congregations.

• Is responsible for the assessment of needs to check safeguarding funding is adequate; ensuring safe process and the minimisation of risks.

• Co-operates with statutory bodies which have particular responsibilities in these areas.


• Mrs Kathleen Walley, Chair

• Fr. Declan Brett/Representative for Council of Clergy

• Bishop Ralph Heskett, Bishop of Hallam

• Mr Philip Patterson, Co Director of Education, Diocese of Hallam

• Sr Clare Smith, Religious Advisor for Safeguarding

• Victoria Horsefield, Sheffield Safeguarding Children’s Board Manager

• Mrs Maureen Moore, Trustee of the Diocese of Hallam

• Mr Dave Coefield, Local Safeguarding Representative Link Person

• Mrs Shauna Hilton, Local Safeguarding Representative Link Person

• Mrs Christine O’Sullivan, Local Safeguarding Representative Link Person

• Mr Anthony Dodsworth, Local Safeguarding Representative Link Person

• Miss Fiona O’Farrell, Local Safeguarding Representative Link Person

• Mr Robert Levesley, Local Safeguarding Representative Link Person

• DS Matthew Bolger (Safeguarding Adults / CID), South Yorkshire Police

• Mr Steve Hill – LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) for Sheffield

Members of the Commission are either recruited to the Commission in line with the standards agreed by the National Catholics Safeguarding Commission and the Conference of Bishops of England and Wales for the implementation of “Towards a Culture of Safeguarding” or nominated by their agency.


RAM and Case Management Procedures July 2020

Commission Meetings – Schedule 2020

21st January 2020

28th April 2020

2nd June 2020

21st July 2020

15th September 2020

17th November 2020

*Please note all the above meetings are on Tuesdays, from 4.30
– 6.30pm and located at the Hallam Pastoral Centre, St Charles
Street, Sheffield, S9 3WU

If you have any concerns about any aspect of safeguarding practice in the Diocese or want to raise anything with the Commission, you can write to the Commission Chairs via the Hallam Pastoral Centre, St Charles Street, Sheffield, S9 3WU – marking your envelope as private and confidential for the attention of the Commission Chairs.

Many of our parishes have a volunteer safeguarding rep who are appointed following a formal interview and recruitment process.

The reps will have a good level of safeguarding knowledge and expertise obtained through a professional role and will have completed an induction and training before commencing their role in the parish.   

Parish Safeguarding Reps are the link between parish and the diocesan safeguarding office. They have specific responsibility for promoting good and safe practices in all activities involving children, young people and vulnerable adults within the parish or congregation.  This includes facilitating the DBS disclosure procedure and ensuring that everyone who is required to go through the process does so.

Parish Safeguarding Reps have a sound knowledge of the national policies and procedures and who to contact in the event of a safeguarding issue or concern. They also promote Diocesan training and events by displaying information on parish noticeboards, newsletters and parish websites.

Parish Safeguarding Reps are a valuable source of support for all our volunteers.  The contact details for your rep will be displayed in the parish.  If your parish does not have a safeguarding rep then the office can signpost you to a neighbouring rep who can help.

If you are interested in becoming a safeguarding rep for your parish then please contact the safeguarding office (0114 2566453) for information on the recruitment process.

Additional Designated Link Persons

In addition, as part of Diocesan attempts to embed safeguarding appropriately in all aspects of Diocesan life and ministry, Designated Link Persons have been appointed to groups which provide other support services and ministry across the Diocese, rather than specifically in Parishes. These include:

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Mrs Rose Shay, Lourdes Pilgrimage Vulnerable Adult

Dr John Cornell, Lourdes Pilgrimage Young People

Mrs Pauline Mulcrone, Society of St Vincent de Paul e-mail:

Mrs Sue Tym, Carmel Care

  Tel: 07971695722, Email:

Mr Michael Healy, Society of St Vincent de Paul Furniture Store

  Tel: 0114 2703990, Email:

Tracey Harrison-Marr, St Wilfrids Centre, Email:

Mrs Angela Powell, Catholic Aid for Overseas Development e-mail-:

Mrs Sue Tym, Family Focus Project

Mrs Tamara Fieldsend Polish School and Mission (Sheffield Polish Parish)

The Designated Link Persons can be contacted through the safeguarding office or through their organisations website.

Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Church’s safeguarding policy. Mandated by the Conference of Bishops and Conference of Religious, it aims to ensure that standards are met and policies are implemented.

More info and procedural information can be found at

Or by e-mailing or calling 0121 237 3740.

Role of the National Commission:

• Sets the strategic direction of the Church’s safeguarding policy and monitors compliance.

• Ensures standards are met and polices are implemented

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