Each child and vulnerable adult is cherished and affirmed as a gift from God with an inherent right to dignity of life and bodily integrity that will be respected, nurtured and protected by all. This summary of the Clonfert Child Safeguarding Policy outlines the procedures for the protection and safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. The full detailed policy and associated documents are available at your parish and online at www.clonfertdiocese.ie.
To ensure children are kept safe, this policy, procedures and guidelines will be implemented across all Church organisations within the Diocese. Regular checks and audits will be carried out to ensure compliance with the child safeguarding policy and procedures.
RESPONDING TO CHILD SAFEGUARDING ALLEGATIONS AND SUSPICIONS:
Children have a right to be listened to and heard. Any person who suspects that a child is being abused or is at risk of being abused must report their concerns without delay to the HSE Child Protection Services or to An Gardai. If the complaint is made about church personnel the complaint should be made to the Diocesan Designated Person/Deputy. All contact details are attached.
ACCESS TO ADVICE AND SUPPORT:
Those who have suffered child abuse will be offered a compassionate and just response with appropriate pastoral care to help them rebuild their lives. Those who have harmed others will be helped to face up to the reality of abuse, as well as being assisted in healing.
IMPLEMENTING AND MONITORING THE POLICY:
The process that should be followed with regard to reporting a child protection concern is outlined in the flowchart attached. Detailed reporting procedure and recording forms are included in the policy document and available at local parish offices or on the diocesan website www.clonfertdiocese.ie.
TRAINING AND EDUCATION:
In order to maintain high standards and good practice, all church personnel who work with children will have induction training by qualified personnel, based on our Policy. Existing staff and volunteers will be required to meet all the training requirements. Refresher training will be delivered regularly to ensure compliance with updated policy and procedures.
COMMUNICATING THE CHURCH’S SAFEGUARDING MESSAGE:
This summary will be displayed prominently in all Church buildings and places where children and young people engage in church related activities. All personnel/groups involved in diocesan and parish activities associated with children and young people will receive a copy of the full Policy document and must comply fully with it.
PREVENTING HARM TO CHILDREN:
The Diocesan Safe Recruitment and Vetting Procedures will be strictly adhered to by all diocesan agencies when recruiting Church personnel, including volunteers, in assessing their suitability to work with children and vulnerable adults. An appropriate and strict code of behaviour as outlined in the Policy will be adhered to during activities with children by all church personnel.
Contact: Bishop's Office, Coorheen, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Tel: (091) 841560 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download The Child Safeguarding Statement of Clonfert Diocese - POLICY
Download The Clonfert Safeguarding Children - POLICY
Download The Clonfert Safeguarding Children - LEAFLET FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
Download The Clonfert Safeguarding Children - WESTERN PROVINCE GUIDELINES FOR COMPLETING e-VETTING INVITATION FORM (NVB 1)
Download The Clonfert Safeguarding Children - NVB 3 PARENT GUARDIAN CONSENT FORM
Download The Clonfert Safeguarding Children - PROOF OF IDENTITY CHECK LIST