We in the Catholic Parish of Our Lady of Good Counsel, Mourne Road, Drimnagh recognise the personal dignity and rights of children. Our prime concern is the safety and welfare of the children in our care. All who share in the parish’s ministry with children are committed to good pastoral practice. We aim to protect the children in our care from harm by developing an awareness of the practices that safeguard them. If we consider any child to be at risk we will inform the statutory authorities and help them in any way possible.
This statement is to be implemented by the Parish Team through the training of workers. It will also be monitored and managed by the Designated Person and the Parish Priest.
This policy is a working document and, as such, will be reviewed on an annual basis to determine that it is fulfilling a recognised need.
This Policy Statement includes detailed sections on each of the following:
- Code to Good Practice
- Selection Process for Volunteers
- Practical Procedures
- Definitions Of Abuse
- Handling a Disclosure
- Suspected Abuse
- Legal Framework
Some useful contact phone numbers:
- Parish Child Safeguarding Representative: (01) 455 6105
- The Diocesan Designated Person, Mr. Andrew Fagan: (01) 836 0314
- Deputy Designated Liaison Person: Ms. Julie McCullough, (01) 836 0314
- Social Worker (TUSLA) (01) 452 0666
- Feosamh 1800 33 1234
- An Gárda Siochána (Crumlin / Sundrive Road) (01) 666 6600 / (01) 666 6200
- Towards Healing: Freephone 1800 303 416.
Copies of the Policy Statement are available for inspection in the Parish Office and on our Parish website.
Fr. Dave Brannigan, P.P.
Pat Conway, Chairperson Parish Council
Child Safeguarding and Protection Service
Holy Cross Diocesan Centre
Mr. Andrew Fagan (Director and Designated Person)
Tel: 01 836 0314 (Mon-Fri 09: – 17.00).
How to make a complaint
P.O. Box 5654, Dublin 14,
Freephone Ireland 1800-303416
Text Line Number: 085-8022859
(for hearing impaired service users)
HSC Child Protection Services
Locall 1850 24 1850