SAFEGUARDING

Child Safeguarding Policy Statement of the Constituent Members of the Catholic Church in Ireland

As a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, we recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children, are committed to ensuring their safety and well-being, and will work in partnership with parents/guardians to do this. We recognise each child as a gift from God, and we value and encourage the participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.

All Church personnel (including clergy, religious, staff, volunteers and any other Church personnel) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse

 

Ráiteas pholasaí chomhbhaill na hEaglaise Caitlicí in Éirinn um chosaint leanaí

Mar chomhbaill na hEaglaise Caitlicí in Éirinn, aithnímid agus dearbhaímid dínit agus cearta gach uile linbh agus táimid tiomanta dá sábháilteacht agus dá leas a chinntiú, agus saothróimid i gcomhar lena dtuismitheoirí/gcaomhnóirí chun sin a chur i gcrích. Tugaimid aitheantas do gach aon leanbh mar thabhartas ó Dhia, agus is luachmhar linn é, agus spreagaimid rannpháirtíocht gach linbh sna himeachtaí go léir a fhorbraíonn iad go fisiciúil, go spioradálta, go mothaitheach, go hintleachtúil agus go sóisialta.

Tá freagracht ar chuile oibrí Eaglaise (cléir, lucht na beatha rialta, foireann agus oibrithe deonacha) as leanaí a chosaint trína leas, a sláinte agus a bhforbairt a chur chun cinn i dtimpeallacht shábháilte, chúramach a chothaíonn barr a leasa agus a choisceann mí-úsáid.

Oświadczenie w sprawie polityki bezpieczenstwa dzieci dla Kościoła w Irlandii

 

Jako integralna część Kościoła Katolickiego w Irlandii uznajemy i wspieramy godność i prawa wszystkich dzieci oraz gwarantujemy ich bezpieczeństwo i pomyślność. Zamierzamy także współpracować z rodzicami/ opiekunami dla osiągnięcia tego celu. Uznajemy, że każde dziecko jest darem od Boga oraz cenimy je i zachęcamy dzieci do aktywnego udziału we wszystkich zajęciach, które rozwijają je duchowo, fizycznie, emocjonalnie, intelektualnie i społecznie.

Wszyscy pracujący w Kościele (włączając księży, osoby zakonne, pracowników oraz woluntariuszy) mają obowiązek troszczyć się o dzieci poprzez popieranie tego, co służy ich dobru, zdrowiu i rozwojowi w bezpiecznym i troskliwym otoczeniu zgodnie z ich najlepszym interesem i zapobiegać ich wykorzystywaniu.

Director of Safeguarding

Ms. Cleo Yates is the Diocesan Director of Child Safeguarding and can be contacted on 021-430 1717 or 087-376 8599 or on email at cleo.yates@corkandross.org.

Diocesan Child Safeguarding Committee.

In addition to the development of policy and monitoring its implementation, the Diocesan Child Safeguarding Committee ensures the organisation and delivery of training for all Church personell in the Diocese. The Diocese has three qualified trainers who provide ongoing training courses.

Case Management

Cases of suspected or alleged child abuse are managed by the Director of Safeguarding and Diocesan Liaison Person, Ms. Cleo Yates. Advice in such cases is sought from the National Case Management Group, established by the National Board for Safeguarding Children.

Inter Agency Forum.

In 2011, the Diocese established an Inter-Agency forum with the Garda Siochana and TUSLA, designed to improve cooperation between them in the management of allegations of abuse of children.  Regular meetings are held with these agencies.

Parish Audits.
Parish Audits are carried out annually.  This is to ensure that the policies and procedures laid out in the Diocesan Policy document are being implemented in every parish.

Assistance.

The Diocese offers therapeutic assistance and support to people who allege abuse by Church personnel, without prejudice to the truth or otherwise of the allegation.  A number of support persons are available to both victims and perpetrators.

Anonymous Complaints.

From time to time, anonymous complaints are also received.  For the avoidance of doubt, it is the policy of the Diocese that the statutory authorities are notified of such complaints.  However, the statutory authorities and the Diocese can be limited in the actions that are possible arising from anonymous complaints when the identity of the complainant and the alleged victim are not given.  However, all complaints are notified and investigated.

Allegation against a volunteer or leader in a Parish

If any information is brought to the attention of the Diocese of an allegation against a volunteer or leader in a Parish then in the interests of child safeguarding the person concern should be asked by the Parish Priest to temporary step down from any duties in the parish, until the allegation has been investigated by statutory authorities.

Concerns.
If you have a Safeguarding concern and wish to report it directly to the statutory authorities, the contact details are as follows:

H.S.E (TUSLA)                                      

  • North Lee Community Services, Blackpool, Cork.     Tel: 021/492 7000  
  • South Lee Community Services, St. Finbarr’s Hospital, Cork.    Tel: 021/492 3001
  • West Cork Community Services, Skibbereen.    Tel: 028/40447/40456

An Garda Siochana

Gardaí National Protective Services Bureau:  Tel: 01/6663430/01/6663435

Resources for Parishes

Safeguarding Children Policy:
https://www.safeguarding.ie/images/Pdfs/Standards/Safeguarding%20Children%20Policy.pdf

National Board for Safeguarding Guidance:
https://www.safeguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

Garda Vetting

Interim Garda Vetting Policy
Garda Vetting Guidance Sep. 2017
NVB1 Vetting Invite Parish
NVB1 Vetting Invite Schools

Templates

1.1A Template 1- Recruitment and Selection Checklist
1.1A Template 2- Volunteer Application Form
1.1A Template 3- Confidential Declaration Form
1.2A Template 1- Sample Code of Behaviour for Adults
1.3A Template 1- Example Workshop on Creating a Code of Behaviour with Children
1.4A Template 1-Attendance Register for Large Groups
1.4A Template 2- Attendance Register for Sacristy
1.4A Template 3- Child and Guardian Joint Consent
1.4B Template 1- Form for Dealing with Accidents-Incidents
1.5A Template 1- Form for Use of Church Property by External Groups 21-08-2017
1.7A Template 1- Complaints Form
1.8A Template 1- Hazard Assessment Form
1.9A Template 1- Media Permission Form
5.1A Template 1- Agreement form for All Church Personnel

Appendices

Appendix A – Roles in the Safeguarding Structure
Appendix B Recording and Storage of Information
Appendix C Definitions of Abuse & Child Pornography

Guidance
Vulnerable Adult Interim Guidance
Guidance on Hazard Assessment
Guidance on Use of CCTV and Web Cams 

Plans
Diocesan Training Plan
Diocesan Communication Plan
Diocesan Strategic Plan

Policies

Whistleblowing Policy
Social Media Policy

Related resources

Pope Benedict’s Letter to Irish Catholics
Pope Benedict’s Pastoral Letter & Cardinal Sean Brady’s welcome address (2010)

Safeguarding Children
Safeguarding Children – Standards and Guidance Document for the Catholic Church in Ireland (2009)

Irish Bishops’ Pastoral Letter for Lent 2005: “A Time for Healing”
Deals with the Church’s response to Child Sexual Abuse.

Child Sexual Abuse: Framework for a Church Response – Report Of The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Advisory Committee On Child Sexual Abuse By Priests And Religious  Published in 1996 by Veritas Publications.

 National Board Review of Safeguarding in Cork & Ross

Response to Review recommendations

In March 2012, the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) conducted a Review of safeguarding practice in the Diocese of Cork and Ross.  The report on this Review, published in September 2012, contained a number of recommendations towards improving the safeguarding service in the Diocese.

To read these recommendations, see Cork and Ross Audit Report: Cork and Ross Audit Report_2012

The Diocese sent a progress report regarding implementation of these recommendations to the National Board in July 2013. Read that progress reporttogether with a Pastoral Letter issued by Bishop Buckley.

In a reply to Bishop Buckley, dated September 6th 2013, Teresa Devlin, Director of Safeguarding at the National Board wrote:

“I am impressed with the work that is going on to ensure the recommendations are being implemented and more importantly that safeguarding children remains a high priority issue for you and for your diocesan personnel.”

The importance of having policies and procedures in place to guarantee a safe environment for children cannot be over-emphasised. In Cork and Ross, a Plan of Action for the coming years has recently been updated.  This Plan addresses many aspects of safeguarding policy and procedures.

No plan can be acted upon without the enthusiasm and support of those charged with implementing it. The success of this plan will be down to the work of all those responsible for putting it into practice.
To read the Plan in detail, click here.

To read the Audit Compliance Document click here