The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel (DSAP) holds strategic responsibility for the governance of safeguarding in the Diocese of Chester.
Formed in 2020, the DSAP ensures that there are suitable safeguarding procedures in place, that training is available and appropriate, and that the work of the Diocesan Safeguarding Team is effective and to a high standard.
The panel meets four times a year.
The Independent Chair of the DSAP is David Hermitt. He brings to the role the experience of over 33 years of educational leadership and over 40 years of leading within the local church. Alongside David, the Panel includes senior diocesan staff, including Bishop Julie Conalty, the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Pauline Butterfield, and representatives of parishes and statutory services.