Child and Vulnerable Adults

NBSCCCI Review of Safeguarding Practice in the Diocese of Down and Connor


Engaging with Survivors of Abuse

The Diocese of Down and Connor will shortly be engaging with the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church (NBSCCCI) to review our safeguarding practices. This was outlined in our recent Newsletter which can be found on both the diocesan and safeguarding website ( The review will commence on the 9th and 10th of May and recommence on the 22nd and 23rd of May. As part of the review the Diocese would wish to hear from any survivors who have not yet come forward to do so.
Should anyone wish to make a new referral, contact can be made directly to the
Police, Social Services or the Designated Officer(s) for the Diocese, Andy Thomson or
Barbara McDermott. Contact details can be found at the end of this message. If during the diocesan review anyone contacts the review team to make a referral, it is important to understand that the review team will liaise directly with the Statutory
Authorities and the Diocese to ensure an appropriate response and the availability of
counselling which will be provided by “Towards Healing”.

Contact details:

SOCIAL SERVICES: 028 9050 7000

Out of Hours: 028 9504 9999

Ask for: The Duty Social Worker


PSNI: 101:

For an immediate emergency: 999

Ask for: The Public Protection Team


The Diocesan Safeguarding Office:

Business Hours: 028 9049 2783 or 028 9049 2798

Out of Hours: 07713 642 855

Ask for: A Designated Officer


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