The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland has today (5 December 2016) announced that Baroness Helen Liddell will be the first ever Chair of the Independent Review Group (IRG), an autonomous body which will function separately from the Church and which will review safeguarding standards and carry out independent audits.

Announcing the appointment, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, President of the Bishops’ Conference said:

“I am most grateful to Baroness Liddell for agreeing to become the first Chair of the Independent Review Group, which will review and audit the Catholic Church’s Safeguarding work. In accepting the recommendation of the McLellan Commission to create an independent group, it was clear that a chairperson of national stature and proven competence would be required and I believe, that in Helen, these qualities are perfectly met.”

“On behalf of the bishops of Scotland I welcome her appointment and look forward to working with her as we continue to implement in full the safeguarding recommendations presented to us last year.”

Responding to the appointment, Baroness Liddell said:

“This group will be a transparent and fearless means of ensuring that the McLellan Commission recommendations are implemented in full. We owe it to the survivors to ensure that their suffering is never repeated.”