Safeguarding Advisory Panel

The Diocese of Salford Safeguarding Advisory Panel works closely with and monitors the work of the safeguarding team and consists of representatives from the local authority, police, health and clergy, all of whom have a background in safeguarding. Whilst the panel is part of the structure of the Diocese, it has a degree of independence and objectivity as all non-clergy members are lay representatives of statutory agencies. The panel is dedicated to prioritising the support offered to survivors during any investigations. The structure of the panel enables and encourages processes whereby survivors are always listened to and have their complaints acted upon.

The safeguarding team liaise closely with statutory authorities to ensure that when a disclosure is made, procedures are in place that allow for transparent practices. The safeguarding policies and procedures of the Diocese of Salford are themselves part of a wider set of procedures carried out in all 22 Catholic dioceses of England and Wales.

The Diocese has developed an ongoing programme of training for clergy and as such the safeguarding team delivers training to raise awareness of safeguarding issues, in prioritising the concerns of survivors and victims, and in promoting a healthy and confident ministry with children and adults at risk.

Representation includes police, probation, legal, health, children’s services, adult services and  education.

The members of the Safeguarding Advisory Panel are:


Bob Ganley

Dr Maria Cunningham

DS Wendy Grace

Phil Saunders

Fr Christopher Dawson

Mgr Michael Kujacz

Sister Philomena McCluskey

Jenny Clayton (Advisor)

Danny Islip (Advisor)

Lorraine Leonard (Advisor)

Rachel McGee (Advisor)

Kirstie McLachlan (Advisor)