New Independent Safeguarding Chairman for the Diocese of Oxford

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PETER Hay, CBE, is the new independent chairman of the Diocese of Oxford’s Safeguarding Panel.

Peter Hay CBE

The appointment comes as the diocese, along with the Church nationally, continues to improve its vital safeguarding practice to ensure that children and adults at risk of harm are protected.

Peter retired last year after 14 years as the Director of Birmingham City Council’s Adults and Children’s Services. A former social worker, he was awarded a CBE for services to health and social care and has served as president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Care. He joins the diocese as the current chair, Howard Llewellyn, moves on to become the Diocesan Secretary for the Church in Wales.

“The Diocesan Safeguarding Panel, which includes representatives from statutory organisations, is a critical friend to the diocese, helping us strengthen our vital safeguarding procedures and practices,” says Poli Shajko, Diocesan Human Resources Director.

“We are grateful to Howard for using his expertise, knowledge and gifts to help the diocese to get to grips with the significant developments and expectations for safeguarding in the Church. We are now looking forward to Peter joining us in June. I am convinced he is the best man to take over from Howard to help us embed a culture where everyone understands their responsibility for safeguarding in all parts of the Church.”

The current Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor, John Nixson, is also moving on to pastures new. “We thank John for his hard work and wish him well for the future. Work is now underway to recruit his successor and an additional caseworker post,” says Poli.

“We really welcome the opportunity to increase capacity in our safeguarding team. It will strengthen the services we offer to enable people in more than 800 churches to keep children and vulnerable adults safe from harm. It’s vital that everyone knows our churches are safe places for everyone.”

To report concerns in safeguarding, please continue to contact the safeguarding team on Tel: 01865 208290 or email us at: safeguarding@oxford.anglican.org