Our Child Protection Policy

 
 

Child Safeguarding and Protection

in the Parish of the Church of the Nativity, Beaumont The Archdiocese of Dublin and the Parish of the Church of the Nativity of Our Lord, Beaumont, value and encourage the participation of children and young people in parish liturgies and in Diocesan activities in order to enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. We recognise the dignity and rights of all children and are committed to their protection from all forms of abuse. This is a commitment binding on all priests and on those who work in our Diocesan offices and agencies, and in our parishes. It extends to all the many and varied ways that children share in the life of the Church in our Diocese.

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1. The Diocesan Child Safeguarding and Protection Policy is based on Gospel values: children occupy a central place in the teachings of Jesus.

2. The priests and everyone who work for the Diocese or in one of its parishes must comply with the policy which is available on the parish or diocesan website or from the parish office

3. There are a number of practical steps at parish level which can be taken to ensure the environment in which children participate is the safest that it can be (see the Diocesan Policy- Chapter 3 – Preventing Harm to Children).

In summary these are:

· Ensuring parental permission is obtained when children are involved in parish activities or travelling on outings with parish groups

· Choosing carefully those who work with children in the parish and ensuring they behave appropriately with children -

· Making proper arrangements when organising activities and outings.

· Keeping good records

4. Garda Vetting is one of a range of safeguards and is an expression of our common commitment to safeguarding children. The parish will ensure that all volunteers who work with children submit Garda Vetting Forms. Those involved in other Ministries have been requested to submit forms. For the protection of children and adults, parents should only leave their child in the care of the authorised volunteer leader/s of the group in which their child is participating.

 

5. Each parish group working with children must have the following documents:

· A form of parental consent

· A record of attendance

· An incident/accident report form

· A code of conduct for adult leaders and

· A code of conduct for children

· A travel consent form

· Garda Vetting form:·

The forms for use in the parish have been adapted from the samples provided by the Diocese and these are available on the parish website. In addition, Adult Volunteer Application forms, Declaration forms and Character and Personal reference forms are to be drawn up, as required for each group. Any queries regarding the adaptation or use of the forms for particular groups should be raised with the parish child safety representative. Arrangements will be made with group leaders to have all relevant forms returned to the Parish Administrator for retention.

6. Other individuals and groups who use Diocesan or parish property or facilities to run activities for children must have their own child protection policy which complies with that of the Diocese.

7. Abuse and neglect are forms of maltreatment of a child and involves one or more of four main forms of abuse

· physical abuse

· emotional abuse

· sexual abuse

· neglect

Chapter two of The Child Safeguarding and Protection Policy and Procedures contain advice on what to do where there is an allegation or a suspicion that a child is being abused or is at risk of abuse.

The Safeguarding Notice in the Church contains contact details as attached.

 

Contact Personnel & Numbers:

Dublin Diocesan Child Protection Office:

01-8366314

Dublin Diocesan Director of Child Protection Services:

Mr Andrew Fagin 01-8842590

Garda Vetting Diocesan Offices, Clonliffe College:

01-8379253

Beaumont Parish Child Protection Representative:

Anne Dowling: 087-6473576

Local Garda Siochana:

Clontarf: 01- 6664800

Santry:  01-6664000

Duty Social Worker – Health Service Executive:

Artane Area: 01-8164279/816-4244

Beaumont Area: 01-8467236/8467139

(Note: HSE numbers operate (9am - 5pm Monday to Friday only)

Samaritans Helpline:

1850 609 090

Childline:

1850 666 666

Faoiseamh Helpline:

1850 331 234

 

Emergency Numbers: 999 or 112

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The link below is to the Dublin Diocesan Child Protection Policy and Procedures.

(If the link does not open please 'copy & paste' into your browser.)

 

http://www.cps.dublindiocese.ie/article_395.shtml