Oxford Diocesan Safeguarding Team
We offer advice, support and guidance to anyone in the diocese about all aspects of safeguarding. This may include:
- Advice and support: telephone, email and face-to-face consultation about a range of issues.
- Policy and practice: signposting to national and local policies and practice guidance.
- Training: safeguarding training to clergy and other leaders, including face-to-face training and online.
- Casework: management of complex cases, joint-working with statutory agencies, consultation and advice.
- Support for survivors: direct support and advice, provision of Authorised Listeners.
For general safeguarding enquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet the Team
Poli Shajko – Director of Human Resources
Poli leads the development and implementation of the Diocesan HR and Safeguarding strategy for both clergy and employees in line with the diocesan Living Faith and business strategy, by building and managing a professional and credible function that works collaboratively with key stakeholders. Chartered Fellow of CIPD supported by an MA in Human Resource Management.
Richard Woodley – Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser
Currently away from the office
Richard took up the role of Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) in July 2020 having previously served with Thames Valley Police as a Detective Sergeant specialising in Child Abuse Investigations. He is a qualified further education teacher and has also run a safeguarding children training business. His investigation specialisms include; Multi-Agency Working, Safeguarding Allegations against Professionals, Institutional Abuse, Child Sexual Abuse and investigating Child Serious Non-Accidental Injuries. Additionally, Richard is a charity trustee of the Association of Child Protection Professionals (AoCPP).
Emma Hooper – Safeguarding Casework Officer for Buckinghamshire
Emma has been employed by the Diocese of Oxford as a Safeguarding Case Work Officer since May 2020. Prior to commencing her role with the Diocese, Emma was employed as the County Council strategic lead for Domestic Abuse, Modern Slavery, FGM and honour based crime. Emma has 20 years experience working in a number of safeguarding roles for criminal justice and local authority agencies where she has gained experience of risk assessment and management working with high risk sexual and violent offenders. Her work has included facilitating interventions with those who have complex needs including mental health, substance misuse and adverse childhood experiences.
Rebecca Norris-Bulpitt – Safeguarding Assistant & Training Officer
Rebecca has undertaken the role of Safeguarding Assistant & Training Officer within the Diocese since May 2017. During this time, Rebecca has volunteered on a Rape Crisis Helpline, providing emotional support and information to those who have experienced rape or sexual assault. Rebecca previously worked at an adult hospice as Head of Voluntary Services, managing the transport and complementary therapy teams and delivering training to equip participants to undertake their role effectively within a palliative and end of life care environment. Rebecca worked as a Student Wellbeing Manager at an Oxfordshire secondary school and coordinated volunteers and delivered training for a local advocacy charity.
Linda Carpenter – Safeguarding Training & DBS Administrator
Linda joined the Diocesan Safeguarding Team in January 2018. Prior to this, Linda worked as a classroom assistant supporting pupils with additional needs and later as the Business Manager of a primary school. Over those twenty years, Linda developed a good understanding of the need for robust safeguarding procedures and training, central to protecting children and supporting those working in this environment. Linda has also served for seven years as churchwarden in her local parish, in which time they have set up a strong volunteer workforce and managed the Parish through a vacancy period. This year Linda has also been appointed as Parish representative to the Deanery Synod.
Rowan Lake – HR and Safeguarding Administrator
Rowan joined the HR and Safeguarding Team in March 2021. Prior to this, Rowan worked as a brokerage officer for Oxfordshire County Council’s Children’s Service, negotiating placements for Oxfordshire’s Looked After Children. Rowan also worked for Oxfordshire County Council, providing administrative support to senior management within the Children’s Service. Rowan has worked within the NHS as a GP administrator and has also worked for Thames Valley Police as a 999/101 call taker. She has a great understanding of the importance of having robust procedures in place to support children and vulnerable adults.
Erica Hegg – Safeguarding Casework Officer for Oxford and Dorchester
Erica has been employed by the Diocese of Oxford as a Safeguarding Case Work Officer since April 2021. Prior to commencing her role with the diocese, Erica served with Wiltshire Police as a detective constable, specialising in child sexual exploitation. Erica has experience of investigating serious and complex crime, skilled in public protection (child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, vulnerable adults and management of sex offenders). She is exceptionally acquainted with working alongside young individuals, working in a multi-agency environment with children services, probation, education, NHS and HM prison, and having attended both MAPPA and child protection conferences.