Role of the Safeguarding Trainers
- To promote child safeguarding by working with the safeguarding committee to identify training needs;
- Delivering full-day and information-session safeguarding training to those identified by the safeguarding committee in the Church body;
- Keeping records of all of those who have been trained;
- Contributing to upholding the seven standards in practice and behaviour.
There are five accredited trainers for the Diocese of Ferns, namely, Colette O’Doherty, Dervla Tierney, Fr Gerry O’Leary, Fr Aodhán Marken and Fr Ken Quinn. Each year, training is provided for those who work with children and young people in our Diocese. This includes clergy, religious, parish staff, and volunteers. The training provided is consistent with National Standards as determined by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland.Training Plan for 2016-2018
In line with the new Church Standards, the Safeguarding Committee will be co-ordinating a two year training initiative which will endeavour to provide training to all parishes in the Diocese of Ferns during the next two years.
To support the training plan, the Diocese invited existing Parish Safeguarding Representatives to become part of our Training Team. Seven Reps successfully completed the Facilitation Training Course in June 2015 and are now available to the Diocese to support Colette, Fr Gerry and Fr Aodhán in meeting their training schedule.
Whilst annual training sessions take place for new Safeguarding Representatives, information sessions are run to renew and update training. The next series of Information Sessions will take place early 2018.