Policy and Guidance


Safeguarding Children’s Policy Statement

Gospel teaches the importance of ensuring that the Catholic Church community is a warm, welcoming and safeplace for children.

Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. (Mark 10:14-15)

Children are gifts from God, to be cherished and recognised for the joyful contribution they make as valued members of the Church.

Our challenge is to follow the example of Jesus in cherishing them. Safeguarding is key to this important task and should be seen, not as a burden, but as an opportunity to embrace and encourage children’s ministry, following the example of Jesus Christ.

This Church body pledges to safeguard children and young people from harm and to support them in their development as valued and integral members of the Catholic Church in Ireland. The Church’s ministry will be inclusive and will uphold their rights.

Consistent with Gospel values, and with civil and criminal law, those who minister will do so with dignity and integrity, honouring their calling to ensure that children and young people are welcomed, cherished and protected, followingthe example set by Jesus.

This Safeguarding Children Policy will be honoured and complied with by all ordained clerics, by vowed female and male religious, and by all lay staff and volunteers in the Catholic Church in Ireland.

Commitment by Bishop Ray Browne


National Safeguarding Policy Document 

The safeguarding children policy document is now available to download:  https://www.safeguarding.ie/policy-guidance/policy-document


Standard Leadership Governance and Accountability

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Standard Nurturing a Culture of Safeguarding

Standard Responding Pastorally and Reporting according to Civil and Canon Law

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Review of Safeguarding Practice by National Board for Safeguarding Children (NBSCCCI)

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