Diocesan Director of Safeguarding
Ms. Cleo Yates
Telephone: 021-430 1717
Diocesan Safeguarding Committee
In addition to the development of policy and monitoring its implementation, the Diocesan Safeguarding Committee ensures the organisation and delivery of training for all Church personel in the Diocese. The Diocese has three qualified trainers who provide ongoing training courses
Cases of suspected or alleged child abuse are managed by the Director of Safeguarding and Diocesan Liaison Person, Ms. Cleo Yates.
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 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.
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.
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.