Alliance Salutes Ian Elliott for Child Protection Legacy

Published date: 
25 Apr 2013

Thursday 25 April 2013: For immediate release

Alliance Salutes Ian Elliott for Child Protection Legacy

Press Statement by
Maria Corbett, Acting Chief Executive

“The Children’s Rights Alliance salutes the achievements of outgoing CEO of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church, Ian Elliott.  Mr. Elliott’s work has undoubtedly had a real impact on children and we thank him for his all his hard work. His tenacity helped kick start a national response to child abuse. Furthermore, his work has contributed to the establishment of a robust office and an enduring mechanism for ensuring that child protection practices are firmly embedded into the Catholic Church. Yesterday’s publication of an additional seven review reports provides us with further evidence of how Catholic dioceses and religious congregations are engaging with the issue of child protection.

Ian Elliott will be leaving his post at the end of May having completed two three-year contracts with the Board and having overseen the reviews of 16 of the 26 Catholic dioceses. The Board was set up in 2006 as an independent body to ensure best practice and the safeguarding of children in the Catholic Church. Mr Elliott and his staff have fulfilled this function admirably, and during a time of great national trauma and grief over the revelation of widespread clerical child abuse. Mr. Elliott has commented that he has met with considerable resistance in the carrying out of his functions and, therefore, we hope that the good work that he has overseen to date will be continued.”


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