Child Protection Policy Update

There is obviously heightened awareness in the public sphere concerning child protection issues in the Church and in the Archdiocese of Dublin in particular, a publication of the report of the Commission of Investigation into the Archdiocese of Dublin is imminent. We must first consider those who have been directly affected and assure them of our complete support, if needed and when requested. It is important to remind you that in this Diocese, guidelines in this area are operated to a high standard.

Safeguarding Children from the National Board for Safeguarding children in the Catholic Church is the most up to date church policy and is available at www.safeguardingchildren.ie

 

The state guidelines Children First apply in all our schools and Guidelines in the Diocese are consistent with state policy. www.dohc.ie/publications/children_first.html

 

Anyone in this parish working with children—employees, volunteers and priests are required to participate in Garda Vetting. Details of that process are available at www.dublindiocese.ie

 

The Child protection policy that operates in this parish is available from the parish office and sacristy.

In this parish we have two Child Protection Representatives (Michael Stacey & Jackie Sherwood) who can be contacted at 01 8213218.

 

It is of utmost importance that anyone who may have suffered abuse or who knows of anyone who may have suffered abuse is aware that they can contact the Child Protection Service of the Archdiocese at 01 8360314.  Their website is www.cps.dublindiocese.ie

 

Every effort is made to try and ensure that children participating in all aspects of parish life are safe and welcome. I encourage everyone to familiarise themselves with the material available to promote best practice in this parish and in our daily lives.