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Six years of progress – Ian Elliott

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NBSCCCI Annual Report 2012

Report of the Chief Executive Officer

(extract)

Looking back on the last year, there is much to be proud of. A great deal of work has been undertaken and significant progress has been made. It is vital that this is maintained with continued commitment for the sake of vulnerable children within the Church.

It is gratifying to see an increase in investment in the safeguarding framework across the Church by individual Church authorities recruiting experienced and trained social care professionals to fill particular roles. This development is to be welcomed but ironically it has resulted in an increased level of demand for advice and guidance from the National Office.

During the year we had to address further data protection issues that arose for us in our work. I had the opportunity of bringing these before a political audience when I was asked to address the inaugural meeting of the North/South Inter-Parliamentary Association which was held in the Seanad Room in Leinster House in October. I would also like to take this opportunity to express our thanks and appreciation for the support provided by the Office of the Data Commissioner in Portarlington.

Their guidance has made a significant contribution to enabling us to continue the work of reviewing safeguarding practice in the Church.

On a personal note, I retire from my current role at the end of June, having completed six years as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer for the National Board. This was for me a fantastic learning opportunity in which I felt privileged to meet and work with many wonderful people who shared my passion for protecting the vulnerable child. A great deal of progress has been made and a number of significant challenges have been faced. What is now in place across the Church is a tribute to those people and I would like to thank them most sincerely for their contribution and support.

 

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