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
" 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."
"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)
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
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.
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