The Parish Child Protection Policy

Parish of Clane & Rathcoffey: Safeguarding Children—Parish 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, 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.

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE WELFARE AND SAFETY OF CHILDREN CONTACT

Tusla – Child and Family Agency – Kildare 045 882 400

Garda National Protective Services Bureau – 01 666 3430/ 01 666 3435 or Clane Garda Station 045 868 262

Diocesan Designated Liaison Person (DLP) – 085 802 1633 – email: dlp@kandle.ie

SCOPE OF THE POLICY

This policy applies to all Church Bodies and is addressed to all Church Personnel who are required to comply with it. Full understanding of and adherence to this policy should lead to a deepening in the understanding of and respect for the rights of children and young people to participate as people of faith in the life of the Church.

The care and protection of children involved in Church activities is the responsibility of the whole Church, and is a requirement that applies regardless of the nature of the Church activities in which children are involved. Everyone who participates in the life of the Church has a role to play in creating an environment in which children can develop and be safe.

PUTTING THE POLICY INTO ACTION

The Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin (and therefore the Parish of Clane & Rathcoffey will implement this policy by ensuring that all our ministry and activities comply with applicable indicators of the seven safeguarding standards.

1. Creating and Maintaining Safe Environments.

2. Procedures for Responding to Child Protection Suspicions, Concerns, Knowledge or Allegations.

3. Care and Support for the Complainant.

4. Care and Management of the Respondent.

5. Training and Support for Keeping Children Safe.

6. Communicating the Church’s Safeguarding Message.

7. Quality Assuring Compliance with the Standards.

On behalf on the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin, as part of the Catholic Church in Ireland, Bishop Denis Nulty commits to safeguarding children by agreeing to follow this Child Safeguarding Policy.

We will abide by and uphold the seven standards and the applicable indicators in our ministry and contacts with children in the Parish of Clane and Rathcoffey.

May 2017

Parish of Clane & Rathcoffey | Tel : 045 861 393 | Email : claneparish@eircom.net
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