Church safeguarding body appoints new chief

Interim CEO moves to permanent role

The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) has named Teresa Devlin, its former Director of Safeguarding, as chief executive officer.

A member of the Church’s safeguarding body since 2008, Ms Devlin has acted as interim CEO since the retirement in June 2013 of Ian Elliott who led the national board for six years.

Risk assessment

She brings to her role a background in social science, social studies and psychology, and an advanced diploma in child protection. Ms Devlin also has much experience in child protection and the areas of risk assessment and care planning and, before joining the NBSCCCI, served for four years as Head of Research Policy and Service Review at the office of the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY).

Announcing Ms Devlin’s appointment, John Morgan, NBSCCCI chairman said: “Teresa brings a unique combination of experience, compassion and insight to the role and we are delighted to have her leading the team.” He added: “We are hugely confident that she will continue to work with distinction as she moves into the CEO post permanently.”

Ms Devlin takes up her new post on February 1.