| 18th November 2003 | Modified: 15th October 2014 | Christianity, News Releases | Seen 29 times

18 November
Nov 18
18th November 2003

Catholic Church appoints National Director of Child Protection.  

Announcing the appointment of a National director of Child protection today,  
Bishop John Mone, President of the Catholic Church's Social Care Commission  
said:  

" I am delighted that Mrs May Dunsmuir has accepted this post, she is a  
truly outstanding candidate and brings a wealth of legal, social and  
practical experience to the Catholic Church in this field."  

He added;  

"Child protection has long been a priority for the Catholic Church in  
Scotland, the second edition of our child protection guidelines :Keeping  
Children Safe" (web link) were published last year, we have a child  
protection team in place in each of our eight dioceses and this appointment  
is a crucial step in the construction of a comprehensive regime that will  
ensure the protection of children and vulnerable adults."  

Bishop Mone concluded ;  

"May Dunsmuir's integrity and enthusiasm demonstrated as a reporter to the  
children's panel and while working for the Scottish Association for Mental  
health are exactly the qualities needed in this important role. I welcome  
her and wish her well for the future."  

Responding to the comments from Bishop Mone, Mrs. Dunsmuir said;  

"The opportunity to take on the role of Director of Child Protection for the  
Catholic Church is one which excites and challenges me. I am delighted that  
the Church is taking such a proactive approach in this field."  

Mrs Dunsmuir added;  

"I look forward to working with all relevant Church agencies and individuals  
to ensure that child protection standards are as high as they can be."  

Biographical details below ( a JPEG photograph of Mrs May Dunsmuir is  
available on request)  

BIOGRAPHY  

As a Children s Reporter, May worked within the children s hearing system  
promoting children s welfare and responding to the needs of children who  
required protection. May formerly held the position of Chief Executive with  
a childcare provider (Kidcare Ltd), developing a new community enterprise  
which delivered childcare throughout Scotland. May is a qualified solicitor  
and prior to taking up post as a Children s Reporter she specialised in  
mental health and disability law, with a strong focus on children. She is a  
member of the Law Society of Scotland s Mental Health and Disability  
Committee, which seeks to influence policy and to promote the development of  
improved legislation.  

May has worked with voluntary and statutory agencies, ministers and civil  
servants on policy and developing legislation, including the recent  
significant changes to mental health and incapacity law in Scotland.  
She was Legal and Parliamentary officer for the Scottish Association for  
Mental Health from 1997 to 2000.  
She has drafted extensive responses to government consultations and produced  
a range of publications, including a series, Is anybody out there? for  
secondary school children.  



In addition to her professional experience, May has over 15 years voluntary  
experience in childcare, the last 12 within her local Baptist Church  

May developed her church s child protection policy and guides the training  
and monitoring programme.  

May will take up her post on 8 December 2003.  

ENDS  

Peter Kearney  
Director  
Catholic Media Office  
5 St. Vincent Place  
Glasgow  
G1 2DH  
0141 221 1168  
pk@scmo.org  
www.scmo.org  

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