Child Safeguarding

CHILD SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT

“The Archdiocese of Dublin recognises and upholds the dignity and rights of all children, is committed to ensuring their safety and well-being and will work in partnership with parents/guardians to do this.
The Archdiocese recognises each child as a gift from God, and values and encourages the participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.
All diocesan personnel (including clergy, religious, staff and volunteers) have 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. Your Parish Safeguarding Representatives are:

Michele Kehoe
Joan Clancy

Both are contactable through the Parish Office (01 288 1271)

If you have a concern about child abuse, please contact either:

Diocesan Child Safeguarding & Protection Service (CSPS)
Designated Liaison Person – Mr. Andrew Fagan, Director,
Child Safeguarding and Protection Service,
Holy Cross Diocesan Centre,
Clonliffe College,
Dublin 3.
Tel. 01 836 0314 (Mon-Fri: 09:00 – 17:00)

Deputy Designated Liaison Person – Ms. Julie Mc Cullough, Child Protection Officer Child Safeguarding and Protection Service (CSPS)

Child Safeguarding and Protection Service,

Holy Cross Diocesan Centre,
Clonliffe College,
Dublin 3.
Tel. 01 836 0314 (Mon-Fri: 09:00 – 17:00)

OR

Tusla Office – Mr. Gerard Mc Kiernan (01 2744200)

OR
Local Garda Station – Blackrock (01 6665200)”

The Mount Merrion Parish Groups that work with children under 18 years are:

Family Mass Group

Altar Servers

Youth Group

Baptismal Team

Code of Conduct for Staff & Volunteers (2015)

Staff & Volunteers in the Archdiocese of Dublin are uniquely placed to act as positive role models to children and young people participating in Church activities. Such participation provides the opportunity to promote the development of self-confidence and enhance the wellbeing of the children & young people with whom we interact. This agreement serves to articulate the expectations of adult behaviour when working with children & young people in the Archdiocese of Dublin. It aims to provide confidence to children & young people, staff, volunteers, and parents that safeguarding children and young people is of paramount importance.

 

http://csps.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2012/02/Code-of-Conduct-2015.doc

Guidance for Designing a Code of Conduct for Children & Young People participating in Parish Activities 2015

http://csps.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2012/02/Guidance-for-Designing-a-Code-of-Conduct-for-Children-and-Young-People-participating-in-Parish-Activities-2015.doc

Parish Volunteer Recruitment:  Child Safeguarding Requirements 2015

http://csps.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2012/02/Parish-Volunteer-Recruitment-Child-Safeguarding-2015.doc

Working Safely with Children & Young People

    Use of Information Technology

   Guidelines for Archdiocese of Dublin 2015

http://csps.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2012/02/Use-of-Information-Technology-Guidance-2015.doc

Adult Volunteers (not working directly with children):

  • Are required complete the an Adult Volunteer & Declaration Form

http://csps.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2012/02/Adult-Volunteer-Declaration-Form-2015.doc

Adult Volunteers Working Directly with Children:

  • Are required complete the an Adult Volunteer & Declaration Form

http://csps.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2012/02/Adult-Volunteer-Declaration-Form-2015.doc

  • Complete a training course provided by the Dublin Dioceses. Information regarding the

training schedule and booking form:

http://csps.dublindiocese.ie/category/training-and-development/

Volunteers Under 18 years:

  • A Parental Child & Medical Consent Form is required to be completed by each under 18s volunteer and their parent/guardian.

http://csps.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2012/02/Parental-Child-Medical-Consent-Form1.doc

Information for the Co-ordinators of Groups with volunteers under 18 years:

1.  The names and contact details of the co-ordinations must be clearly communicated.

2.  Each group should have a Code of Conduct. Please refer to:

    Guidance for Designing a Code of Conduct for Children & Young People participating in Parish Activities 2015

    http://csps.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2012/02/Guidance-for-Designing-a-Code-of-Conduct-for-Children-and-Young-People-participating-in-Parish-Activities-2015.doc

3.  The required forms for the Adult and under 18s volunteers are completed and submitted to the Parish Office for the attention of the Data Co-ordinator.

4.  It is required by Law that all Adult Volunteers working directly are Garda Vetted.

5.  All Adult Volunteers working directly with children are required to undertake training as provided by the Dublin Diocese.

6.  The following Parish Polices and Procedures are in place.

7.  Mount Merrion Child Safeguarding Policies and Procedures

On-Site Activities

Off-Site Activities

Residential Visits

All of the above require the completion of the

Under 18s Activity Permission Form

8.  Incident/Accident Report Form

http://csps.dublindiocese.ie/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2011/11/incident_-_accident_reporting_form_22_03_2011.doc