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Diocesan Child Protection Policy Statement

The Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly seeks to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to make known the Good News of Christ more fully through worship, service and witness. In keeping with this aim, ministry with children and young people in the Archdiocese is informed by the three Gospel values of Truth, Justice and Love.
The Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly values and encourages the participation of children and young people in parish liturgies and in activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development. We recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children and young people. We are committed to their protection and support in a way that promotes their human dignity and integrity as children of God.
In keeping with this, we undertake to do all in our power to create safe environments for children and young people, and to ensure their protection from physical, sexual and emotional abuse or neglect.
We recognise that all involved in working with children and young people have a special duty of care towards them. We are committed to putting procedures in place through which this care is put into effect so that the rights of children and young people to actively and safely participate in the life of the Church are upheld.
For further information on the parish policies, please contact your parish representatives.
If you have a child protection concern or wish to report an allegation, please contact:
The Director of Safeguarding for the Archdiocese of Cashel & Emly:
Ms. Cleo Yates – 087 3553024
HSE:
Child Care Managers:
Limerick: (061) 482792.
North Tipperary: (067) 46647
South Tipperary: (052) 6170931
Gardaí:
Thurles: (0504) 25100,                Templemore: (0504) 31011,       Cashel: (062)75840
Tipperary: (062) 51212,     Clonmel: (052) 6177640
The National Board for Safeguarding  Children in the Catholic Church can be contacted at: http://www.safeguarding.ie/

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, this year 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.