CHILD SAFEGUARDING STATEMENT

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Child Safeguarding Statement of the Diocese of Clogher

This statement has been prepared to comply with the requirements of the Children First Act 2015 in the Republic of Ireland and is derived from Safeguarding Children Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016.

 

Statement

As a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, we recognise and

uphold the dignity and rights of all children are committed to ensuring their safety

and well-being and will work in partnership with parents/ guardians to do this. We

recognise each child as a gift from God, and we value and encourage the

participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical,

emotional, intellectual and social development.

 

All Church personnel (including clergy, religious, staff and volunteers) have a

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.

 

Nature of service and principles to safeguard children from harm

The Diocese of Clogher as a constituent member of the Catholic Church in

Ireland exists to promote the teachings of the Catholic Church. This includes

the following ministry with children, as defined in Safeguarding Children Policy

and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016:

 

Diocese of Clogher ministries include:

Underage Choirs, Altar servers, Faith and Light groups,

Clogher don Oige and the John Paul II Awards Scheme.

As outlined in the Safeguarding Children 2016 Policy and Standards for the

Catholic Church in Ireland we are committed to the following principles:

• Mandatory reporting.

Each of us has a duty to notify the statutory authorities of suspicions, concerns,

knowledge or allegations that a child is being or has been abused:

¬ physically

¬ emotionally

¬ sexually

¬ through neglect

Suspicions, concerns, knowledge or allegations may relate to possible abuse by a

member of Church Personnel, but they can also relate to incidents in the child’s

family, elsewhere in the community.

 

• Caring for the welfare of all children and the adults who work with them.

Measures to create and maintain environments that are safe for children that

prevent abuse and that create nurturing, caring conditions within the Church for

children and the adults who work with them, will continue to be strengthened and

reviewed. This will be done through training support, communications and quality

assurance.

 

• Responding appropriately to child protection suspicions,

concerns, knowledge or allegation.

Anyone who brings any suspicion, concern, knowledge or allegation of current or

past abuse of a child to the notice of the Church will be responded to sensitively,

respectfully, actively and in a timely manner, in line with statutory child protection

procedures and Church requirements.

All suspicions, concerns, knowledge or allegations that reach the threshold for

reporting to the statutory authorities (apart from those received in the Sacrament

of Reconciliation) will be reported to the appropriate statutory authorities. This will

be done irrespective of the status of the person (lay, cleric or religious) who is

suspected of having been abusive to a child.

If the allegation relates to a lay member of Church personnel, in addition to

notifying the statutory authorities, the allegation must be reported to the Church

authority. If the allegation relates to a cleric or religious, in addition to notifying the

statutory authorities, the allegation must also be reported to the Church authority

and the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland.

All Church personnel will cooperate with the statutory authorities in all cases.

In responding to complaints of child sexual abuse relating to clergy and all those

in forms of consecrated life, Church authorities will act in accordance with the

requirements of civil law and canon law, and so will respect the rights and uphold

the safeguards afforded in these, both to the complainant and respondent.

 

• Caring pastorally for complainants and other affected persons.

Those who have suffered child abuse by Church personnel will receive a

compassionate and just response, and will be offered appropriate pastoral care,

counselling and support as they seek to rebuild their lives. An appropriate

pastoral response to the family, parish, congregation or order and to the wider

community will be provided, with due regard to the right of privacy of those

directly involved, and to the administration of justice.

 

• Caring pastorally for respondents and other affected persons.

This Church body in its response to suspicions, concerns, knowledge or allegations

of child sexual abuse will respect the rights under civil law and canon law of an

accused cleric or religious or other Church personnel. A legal presumption of

innocence will be maintained during the statutory and Church inquiry processes. As

the processes develop, additional assessment, therapy and support services may

be offered to the respondent.

The Church authority will take responsibility for ensuring that any cleric or

religious who is considered to constitute a danger to children is managed

according to a risk management plan.

All requisite steps will be taken to restore the good name and reputation of

anyone who has been wrongly accused of abusing a child.

Respondents belong to families and diocesan or religious communities. The Church authority will be mindful of the need to provide support to members of families and communities affected by the respondent’s changed situation.

 

Risk Assessment

The table below sets out the identified risks to the safety of children and young

people involved in Church activities in the Diocese of Clogher and the steps taken

to minimise the risks of abuse.

Risk Identified Procedure in place to manage risk

identified

Those that work with children are unsafe

to do so

Procedures to meet Indicator 1.1 of the Child

Safeguarding Policy available from

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance]

Those that work with children behave

inappropriately towards them

Procedures to meet Indicator 1.2 of the Child

Safeguarding Policy available from

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

Children who use our service do not

understand the roles and responsibilities in

place to encourage positive behaviour

Procedures to meet Indicator 1.3 of the Child

Safeguarding Policy available from

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

The environment in which work with

children is facilitated fails to meet effective

safeguarding practice

Procedures to meet Indicators 1.4 and 1.8 of the

Child Safeguarding Policy available from

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

External groups who use Church property

are unsafe to do so

Procedures to meet Indicator 1.5 of the Child

Safeguarding Policy available from

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

Those who wish to behave dangerously or

unethically towards children are able to do

so

Procedures to meet Indicators 1.6 an 1.7 of the

Child Safeguarding Policy available from

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

Those who wish to exploit children through

the use of digital media in our ministries

are able to do so

Procedures to meet Indicator 1.9 of the Child

Safeguarding Policy available from

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

Church personnel fail to report an

allegation, suspicion, concern or

knowledge appropriately

Procedures to meet Indicator 2.1 of the Child

Safeguarding Policy available from

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

Church personnel fail to understand their

responsibilities to safeguard children

Procedures to meet Indicators 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 and

5.4 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

Children and their parents do not

understand the Church’s policy,

procedures and structure to safeguard

children

Procedures to meet Indicators 5.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3

6.4 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available

from http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/

guidance

The procedures for safeguarding children

fail to be implemented

Procedures to meet Indicators 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3

of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

The Church authority fails to ensure the

appointment of a relevant person and

maintain a list of mandated persons

Procedures to meeting Indicators 1.1, 6.1 and

2.1 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available

http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

 

Procedures

All procedures outlined in the risk assessment above are available at from http://

www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

The procedures listed above include the following:

  • Procedure for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct against

workers/ volunteers of a child availing of our service. This is part of Indicator

2.1 which is available from http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

  • Procedure for the safe recruitment and selection of workers and volunteers

to work with children. This is part of Indicator 1.1 available from http://

www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

  • Procedure for provision of and access to child safeguarding training and

information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm. This is part

of Indicators 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4 available from http://www.safguarding.ie/

index.php/guidance

  • Procedure for the reporting of child protection or welfare concerns to Tusla

This is part of Indicator 2.1 which is available from http://www.safguarding.ie/

index.php/guidance

  • Procedure for maintaining a list of the persons (if any) in the relevant service

who are mandated persons. This is part of Indicator 2.1 which is available

from http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

  • Procedure for appointing a relevant person. This is part of Indicators 1.1 and

6.1 which is available from http://www.safguarding.ie/index.php/guidance

 

Implementation

The Diocese of Clogher is committed to safeguarding children through the implementation of Safeguarding Children Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016. This Child Safeguarding Statement and our practice supports our desire to keep children safe from harm while in our ministries. As part of our annual audit against the relevant indicators of the child safeguarding standards, we will review the effectiveness of our practice as outlined in this statement and will revise, as appropriate.

Signed

Church Authority

Date

For any queries relating to this statement, please contact:

Pat Drury, Clogher Diocesan Safeguarding Co-ordinator

Email: pdrury@clogherdiocese.ie

Telephones: 00353(0) 429661477; 00353 (0) 872345924