The Safeguarding Commission

Below is a summary of contact details for the diocesan personnel responsible for Safeguarding issues:

The Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator is Mrs. Clare McKenzie. Please contact Mrs. McKenzie by telephone at 0115 953 9850 or send e-mail to

The Safeguarding administrator, Mrs. Jane Black may be contacted by telephone at 0115 953 9849, or by sending e-mail to

The Vicar General and Clergy Advisor for Safeguarding is Rev. Fr. Joseph Wheat. Please contact Fr. Wheat by telephone at 0115 9118266 or at 07967 825278.

Appointed by the diocesan Bishop and acting on his and the diocesan trustees’ behalf the Commission has both advisory and supportive functions. The Commission receives all national policies and via the Safeguarding Co-ordinator, implements and updates them across the Diocese as required.

The Diocese of Nottingham Safeguarding Commission works with and monitors the work of the Safeguarding Coordinator and consists of representatives from the local authority, police, health and clergy, all of whom have a background in safeguarding procedures and implementation.

Whilst the Safeguarding Commission is part of the structure of the Diocese, it has a degree of independence and objectivity as not all members of the Commission are members of the Church. The structure of the Safeguarding Commission enables and encourages processes whereby survivors are always listened to and have their complaints acted upon.

Members of the Commission are:

Appointment Pending (Chair)

Fr Joe Wheat (Clergy Safeguarding Advisor)

Ruth O’Mara (Independent CSE Consultant)

Bob Ross (Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board)

Rev. Peter Vellacott (Canon Lawyer)

Tony Wheat (SPANNED)

Tom Baptist (Director Diocesan Youth Service)

Sr. Maureen Brennan (Religious Safeguarding Advisor)

Muriel Weisz (NCC - Adult Social Care Portfolio)

Maggie Clark (Health)

DS Matthew Thompson (Derbyshire Police)

Additional Attendees:

Jane Black (Administrator Safeguarding (minutes))

Clare McKenzie (Safeguarding Co-ordinator)

David Lawes (COO Nottingham Diocese)

Joan McCarthy (Trustee Nottingham Diocese)

As always, in the case of immediate risk, the police should be contacted, or Social Services.