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Child Safeguarding

Child Safeguarding Update
The Archdiocese of Dublin, as a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, recognises and upholds the dignity and rights of all children, is committed to ensuring their safety and well-being and will work in partnership with parents/guardians to do this. The Archdiocese recognises each child as a gift from God, and values and encourages the participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.

All diocesan personnel (including clergy, religious, staff and volunteers) 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.

This is the policy statement of the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is set out in Safeguarding Children: Policy and Standards for the Catholic and Church in Ireland (National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland, 2016). The document Child Safeguarding in the Archdiocese of Dublin: Statement, Reporting Procedures and Good Practice Guidelines describes the arrangements for the implementation of this policy in the Archdiocese of Dublin.

As a parish of the Archdiocese of Dublin, St. Michan’s Parish works closely with the Archdiocese of Dublin to ensure that the recent guidelines regarding the safety of our children and vulnerable adults is utmost in our minds when planning and preparing events. To that end, staff, volunteers and all those in public ministry attend training, sign the Sacristy Register and are Garda Vetted for their roles in the parish.

I would like to thank most sincerely all the volunteers and staff who give of their gifts and talents freely on a regular basis – we could not survive without you. The Archdiocese is currently providing training in the revised guidelines and I thank those who have attended or will be attending sessions.
                            Fr. Bryan Shortall ofm cap, PP
                            April 2018

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Dublin Diocese Child Safeguarding