Role of the Safeguarding Trainers
Some of the Parish Safeguarding Representatives for the Diocese receiving their Certificates in Facilitation Skills. (Front left to right) Eilis Teal (Monamolin), Margaret Kehoe (New Ross), Bishop Denis Brennan, Dervla Tierney (Enniscorthy), Colette O’Doherty (Safeguarding Co-Ordinator). (Back left to right) Fr Gerry O’Leary, Marian Stack (Designated Liaison Person), Fr Aodhán Marken, Una Murphy (Enniscorthy), Tom Murphy (Oylegate).
- 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 four accredited trainers for the Diocese of Ferns, namely, Colette O’Doherty, Dervla Tierney, Fr Gerry O’Leary and Fr Aodhán Marken. 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 2019.
In line with the new Church Standards, the Safeguarding Committee have completed a two year training initiative which provided training to all parishes in the Diocese of Ferns in 2017/2018.
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, Dervla, 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.