The role of the Safeguarding Committee is to promote child safeguarding by:
- Developing a three-year child safeguarding plan, including the establishment of the local child safeguarding policy and procedures;
- Coordinating local safeguarding representatives (LSRs);
- Coordinating activities related to child safeguarding, e.g. training;
- Ensuring the annual audit, including the correlation of records for training-related activities;
- Ensuring the completion of training needs assessments across the various child safeguarding roles in the Church body;
- Ensuring, with the Church authority, that the appropriate child safeguarding personnel are in place;
- Upholding the seven standards in practice and behaviour.
The members of the Safeguarding Committee are responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of best practice procedures and policy in every parish.
The Committee were responsible for developing and launching the Safeguarding Children Handbook which was launched 7 November 2012 pdf. The National Safeguarding Office have recently updated the Church’s Safeguarding Standards and published a Guidance Document to support same. This can be review under Safeguarding Resources.
Members of the Child Safeguarding Committee 2017:
- Fr Gerald O’Leary, Chairperson
- Colette O’Doherty, Safeguarding Co-Ordinator
- Fr Brian Broaders
- Muriel Byrne
- Fr Aodhán Marken
- Ms Una Murphy
- Ms Dervla Tierney
- Margaret Kehoe
- Eithne Murphy
- Tom Murphy
- Eilis Teal
- Bernadette Denby
All members of the committee have received training in child protection. Accredited trainers for the Diocese of Ferns are : Colette O’Doherty, Fr Aodhán Marken, Fr Gerald O’Leary, Fr Ken Quinn and Dervla Tierney.