The Safeguarding TeamSafeguarding CommitteeLocal Reps and Designated Link PersonCatholic Safeguarding Standards AgencyNational 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 policy and practice in the Safeguarding Procedures Area.

Please noteby emailing us, you consent to your submitted details being collected, stored and used by the Diocese of Hallam only for the purpose or purposes for which you have provided them to us. Read more in our Privacy and Security Policy.

Please view the Organisation Chart for Safeguarding here: Safeguarding Organisation Chart

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

Contact Marie (standard working pattern Tuesday to Thursday 9am - 3pm) 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 [email protected]

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 - Trustee and Clergy Advisor for Safeguarding

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

By phone on 01246 432 289 or by e-mail at [email protected]




Jo photoJo Pearson - Assistant to the Safeguarding Coordinator

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 [email protected]





Bernie Ware - Safeguarding Team Manager  Contact [email protected]

Catherine Bailey - Trustee and Chair of Safeguarding Committee Contact [email protected]

Kathleen Walley - Vice Chair of Safeguarding Committee Contact [email protected]


The Diocese of Hallam Trustees' Safeguarding Committee, has recently transitioned from a Safeguarding Commission, following a recommendation of the Elliott review which was a review of safeguarding Structures within the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

The review report was published on November 2020 and was commissioned by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) in 2018 in response to the independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). The inquiry has taken place in many institutions and was set up after some serious high profile instances of non-recent child sexual abuse and because the government had very grave concerns that some organisations were failing and continuing to fail to protect children from sexual abuse.

The Diocese of Hallam Trustees' Safeguarding Committee is chaired by a Trustee and has the following aims:

• Committed to a zero tolerance approach to abuse in any form.

• Committed to effective support of Survivors of Abuse.

• 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 Standards Agency (CSSA) 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.

• 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.


• Ms Catherine Bailey, Chair

• Mrs Kathleen Walley, Vice Chair

• Bishop Ralph Heskett, The Bishop of Hallam, Trustee

• Mgr Desmond Sexton, Vicar General, Trustee

• Fr Damian Humphries, Representative for Council of Clergy

• Bernie Ware, Safeguarding Team Manager

• Mr Alan Dewhurst, Director of Education, Diocese of Hallam

• Mrs Sue McDonald, Director for Youth Ministry, Diocese of Hallam

• Mrs Angela Moffatt, Local Safeguarding Representative Link Person, Deepcar/Penistone

• Mrs Pat Hunter, Local Safeguarding Representative Link Person, Barnsley

• Mrs Shauna Hilton, Local Safeguarding Representative Link Person, Dinnington & Retford

• Vacancy, Local Safeguarding Representative Link Person, Rotherham

• Vacancy, Local Safeguarding Representative Link Person, North Sheffield

• Vacancy, Local Safeguarding Representative Link Person, Chesterfield

• Vacancy, Local Safeguarding Representative Link Person, Doncaster

• Mr Robert Levesley, Adult Safeguarding L & D Consultant - SCC, Local Safeguarding Representative Link Person, South Sheffield

• Vacancy, Police/Probation/Public Protection, Matt Bolger, Detective Inspector for South Yorkshire Police in a consultative capacity

• Mr Andrew Adedoya and Mrs Sharon Haigh - LADO (Local Authority Designated Officer) for Sheffield Local Authority Children's Services

Members of the Safeguarding Committee are either recruited to the Safeguarding Committee in line with the Terms of reference agreed by the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency and the Conference of Bishops of England and Wales or nominated by their agency.

Survivors Consultation Panel

The Diocese of Hallam engages the support of survivors of abuse to assist in the development of Policy and Practice, as well as with the production of literature for survivors as well as content for training and events. For anonymity purposes, the members are not listed.  We are very grateful for the invaluable contribution that this provides and we thank all survivors, who support our development. There is no set meeting pattern or format to how this consultation takes place, as we understand the importance of survivors having the choice and autonomy to decide how best they would like to provide this support to us.  All feedback remains anonymous and where advice may be sought on how to best support survivors, all information is anonymised and remains confidential in line with confidentiality agreements.

We also work closely with Providers of Survivor Support, to inform our Policy and Practice.

If you would like to consider joining this panel please contact Marie O'Donnelly, Safeguarding Coordinator on 07909117964, or by email at [email protected]


Risk Assessment and Management (RAM) and Case Management Procedures

RAM and Case Management Procedures July 2020

Safeguarding Committee Meetings - Schedule 2023

24th January 2023

21st March 2023

23rd May 2023

18th July 2023

19th September 2023

21st November 2023

*Please note all the above meetings are on Tuesdays, from 4.30
- 6.30pm and can be accessed via Zoom link or face to face and are 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 Diocese of Hallam Trustees' Safeguarding Committee, you can write to the Safeguarding Committee Chairs via the Hallam Pastoral Centre, St Charles Street, Sheffield, S9 3WU – marking your envelope as private and confidential for the attention of the Safeguarding Sub Committee 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: [email protected]

Mrs Sue Tym, Carmel Care

  Tel: 07971695722, Email: [email protected]

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

  Tel: 0114 2703990, Email: [email protected]

Mrs Angela Powell, Catholic Aid for Overseas Development e-mail-: [email protected]

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.

In October 2019, an independent review of the safeguarding structures and arrangements within the Catholic Church in England and Wales was set in motion. Given the significant changes in the social and political environment since the work done by Lord Nolan in 2001 and by the Cumberlege Commission in 2007, along with the greater numbers involved in safeguarding in the Church, it was felt that such a review was clearly overdue.

The need for change was fuelled by the awareness of those who had suffered due to the failings in existent structures and the desire to prevent future hurt. Case studies showed that even when abuse was known, the Church was slow to address it and, in some instances, ignored it. Repeated failures betrayed the moral purpose of the Church and greatly reduced its credibility and moral standing. Change was clearly needed. The review led by Ian Elliott, sought in particular to listen and learn from those who had experienced abuse ultimately making a series of proposals and recommendations to address these failings and to reshape the safeguarding provision in the Catholic Church going forward. The recommendations of this report, along with those made by the separate Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) were wholly accepted by the Bishops conference in November of 2020.

Central to these recommendations was the replacement of the then existent national safeguarding bodies: the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC) and Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (CSAS) with three newly constituted entities:

The Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency: A new professional standards body with regulatory powers.

A dedicated entity regarding safeguarding for Religious Life Groups, which are more formally defined as Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (ICLSAL) covering religious orders and congregations.

A National Tribunal to address the canonical matters connected to clergy discipline and canonical offences, exercising jurisdiction exclusively in the canonical forum but extending to preliminary case evaluation and beyond.

This new model is built on a ‘One Church’ strategy to safeguarding – a commitment across all the dioceses and  Religious Life Groups to be One Church when it comes to safeguarding, with all organisations working to a common standards-based approach and transparency and accountability in the fulfilment and upholding of these standards.

The recommendations of the Reviews have laid a clear way forward and the Church is committed to the changes that will ensure that safeguarding in the Catholic Church in England and Wales will be transformed.

The Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency seeks to ensure that through this revision and restructuring, real improvement can be achieved.

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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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