As a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, we recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children, are committed to ensuring their safety and well being, and will work in partnership with parents/guardians to do this. We recognise each child as a gift from God, and we value and encourage the participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.
All Church personnel (including clergy, religious, staff and volunteers) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse.
The safeguarding children policy document is now available to download: National Safeguarding Policy Document. There is also a concise version of the Safeguarding Policy Document which can be downloaded here.
For the effective implementation of the 7 safeguarding standards a guidance document has also been published:
- Standard 1: Creating and maintaining safe environments
- Standard 2: Procedures for responding to child protection suspicions, concerns, knowledge or allegations
- Standard 3: Care and support for the complainant
- Standard 4: Care and management of respondent
- Standard 5: Training and support for keeping children safe
- Standard 6: Communicating the Church’s safeguarding message
- Standard 7: Quality assuring compliance with the standards
- Roles in the Safeguarding Structure
- Recording & Storage of Information
- Definitions of Abuse Categories and Pornography
- Contact Details for Relevant Statutory Authorities
- Glossary and terms
If you have a child safeguarding concern or wish to raise a matter from the past you may contact: