Child Protection Policy
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


The state guidelines Children First apply in all our schools and Guidelines in the Diocese are consistent with state policy.


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


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


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.

St Mochta's Child Protection Policy

Child Protection Policy for St. Mochta’s Parish

  1. The Parish of St. Mochtas values and encourages the participation of children and young people in Parish activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development. We recognise the dignity and rights of every child and are committed to ensuring their protection and support.
  2. In keeping with this we will work to do everything in our power to create safe environments for children and young people in order to secure their protection and enable their full participation in the life of the Church.
  3. Promote awareness of the Church’s child protection policies.
  4. Ensure that parishioners have easy access to contact details for the Director of Child Protection.
  5. The Child Protection Policy of St. Mochta’s Parish is available on request at the Parish Pastoral Centre and in the Sacristy.

    Click here to view a copy of the Child Protection Policy 

  6. If you have any concerns on child abuse you can confidentially contact any of the following:
The Parish Child Protection Representatives:

       Michael Stacey     086-3971359 

       Jackie Sherwood  087-2563861 

Diocesan Director of Child Protection Services

       Mr. Andrew Fagan  01-8360314

Gardaí Blanchardstown 01-6667000

H.S.E. (Duty Social Worker) 01-8825000

Simon Community 01-8720188

Alcoholics Anonymous/Al-a-Teen 01-8732699

Faoiseamh Helpline Freephone 1800-331234