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Child Safeguarding

Child Safeguarding and Protection in our Parish

 

We in the Parish of Kilquade value and encourage the participation of children and young people in all parish activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development. We recognise the dignity and rights of all children and are committed to ensuring their protection and support.

 

In keeping with this, we will work to do all in our power to create safe environments for children and young people in order to secure their protection and enable their full participation in the life of the Church, Parish and Community.

 

We are committed to protecting children who are involved in Church activities in accordance with guidelines of the Church http://csps.dublindiocese.ie/policies/ and State http://www.dcya.gov.ie/documents/Publications/ChildrenFirst.pdf. The Dublin Diocese has structures in place to ensure the safety and protection of children. At Diocesan level there is the Child Safeguarding and Protection Service (CSPS), the Advisory Panel and the Safeguarding Committee. Each parish has a Safeguarding Representative to ensure good practice at parish level.

 

Our Child Safeguarding Representatives in the Kilquade Parish are:

Frances Stephenson  - 087 2499362

Maire Ní Shíodhail     – 087 2419138

 

Responding to Child Abuse

If you have grounds for concern about the welfare of a child/children you must act immediately and refer the matter to the Statutory Authorities and/or the diocesan designated person as soon as possible. See contact numbers below.

 

 

Advice with respect to dealing with concerns or disclosures:

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Do:  

Stay Calm

Listen

Reassure

Report your concerns

Record in writing

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Do Not:    

Panic

Ask leading questions

Promise to keep secrets

Delay or start to investigate

Make the child repeat the story

                                     unnecessarily

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USEFUL CONTACT NUMBERS

 

Safeguarding & Child Protection Service,  Archdiocese of Dublin

Director and Designated Person: Andrew Fagan……………………(01) 8360314

Health Service Executive (HSE) Information Line………………………..Callsave 185024 1850

National Board for Safeguarding Children in the 

                                     Catholic Church in Ireland………………………….(01) 5053124

The Samaritans…………………………………………………………Freephone 116 123

One in Four……………………………………………………………………(01) 6624070

Faoiseamh (Towards Healing) Helpline…………………………………..Freephone 1800 303416

An Garda Síochána Newtownmountkennedy……………………………..(01) 2819222

An Garda Síochána Greystones……………………………………………(01) 6665800

An Garda Síochána Wicklow………………………………………………..(0404) 60140

 

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