Child Safeguarding Statement of Diocese of Cashel & Emly
As a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, the Archdioceses of Cashel & Emly 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.
Details of personnel to contact if you are concerned about the welfare and safety of children.
Ms. Cleo Yates: 087 355 3024
Director of Safeguarding for the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly
TULSA, Child & Family Agency
Download Safeguarding Children Policy
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Q & A
If there is a lease in place with a committee, then it is not the responsibility of the parish re safeguarding. The safeguarding requirements are the responsibility of the committee who hold the lease.
We have introduced the month of October as Safeguarding month, it was a new concept this year, however next year we will ask parishes to be more proactive in spreading the safeguarding messages for the Church. We have asked for safeguarding to go into parish newsletters along with new posters, leaflets and safeguarding policy sent out to all parishes over the summer, these should be displayed and available within the Church, Parish Offices and halls. The Diocesan website has a safeguarding tab with information on it. An idea was muted re using local media, I will take this idea to the safeguarding committee for discussion.
If this group is part of a parish fundraising event, then the guidelines for safeguarding need to be followed as it is ‘relevant and regular contact’, such as leaders / helpers being vetted, activity consent forms for parents to be signed ( form 1.4 A). However, if all parents are with the children always, then only leaders need to be vetted.
If the event is non- parish but use the parish hall or church, then all they need is to complete the renting of parish facilities form 1.5A. and will need insurance and a child safeguarding policy.
“Do this in Memory” is part of a Ministry within the Parish. Therefore the parish are responsible for ensuring it is run in line with safeguarding. So, the parish will need to do the vetting. As this is a form of Ministry.