Ensuring the Safety of Children
SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN PROTECTION POLICY AND PROCEDURES
Our procedures to implement the Safeguarding Policy and Safeguarding Standards are those of the National Board; the link to these is: https://www.safeguarding.ie/index.php/guidance
Child Safeguarding Statement of the Pallottines
This statement has been prepared to comply with the requirements of the Children First Act 2015 and is derived from Safeguarding Children Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016. The policy of the Catholic Church in Ireland is based on standards of practice which contain indicators that assist in reaching these standards. These indicators can be used in assessing and managing risk.
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 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.
PROGRESS REPORT ON IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS
As Pallottines we devote ourselves to imitating Jesus Christ and, motivated by His Love, we are committed to protecting the dignity of each person created in the image of God. In particular we commit ourselves to safeguarding and protecting every child with whom we come into contact.
We follow the guidelines and procedures of the National Board For Safeguarding Children In the Catholic Church in Ireland.
If you have any concerns or complaints regarding the protection of children please contact: Fr. Michael Irwin SAC, Pallottine Fathers, Sandyford Road, Dundrum, Dublin 16. Phone 01-2954170
List of Support Services
Towards Healing: an independent organization providing professional support for persons who have experienced institutional, clerical or religious abuse in Ireland.
Freephone 1800 303416 (Rep. of Ireland)
Freephone 0800 0963315 (Northern Ireland and UK).
One in Four: an organization which offers support to men and women who have experienced sexual abuse and their family members.
Contact: 01 662 4070
Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children:
Contact: 01 6794944
Rape Crisis Centre: a 24 hour helpline
The Samaritans: offer confidential and non-judgemental support 24 hours a day.
Contact: 1850 609090
Other Important Links And Contacts
National Board For Safeguarding Children In The Catholic Church In Ireland
St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Ph: 01 5053124
Garda Victim Liaison Office
Garda Headquarters, Harcourt Square, Dublin 2. Ph: 01 6663435 & 1800 555222
Child and Family Agency,
Unit 9, Nutgrove Retail Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14.
Ph: 01 9213400
Dublin Diocese Child Safeguarding & Protection
Archbishop’s House, Drumcondra, Dublin 9