This statement has been prepared to comply with the requirements of the Children First Act 2015 and is supported by Safeguarding Children Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016 - National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland, (NBSCCCI) and Children First, National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2017.
Child Safeguarding Statement
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, ordained and non-ordained, staff and volunteers) have a responsibility to safeguard children and young people through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse.