Revised Policy for Safeguarding Children published by Bishop
On Monday November 14th, Bishop John Buckley launched a revised policy document entitled Safeguarding Children in the Diocese of Cork and Ross.
The previous Diocesan Guidelines were published in 2007. Since then, the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church published a Standards and Guidance document for the Catholic Church in Ireland in 2009.
The Cork and Ross new policy document is the work of a Diocesan Child Safeguarding Committee. It has brought Diocesan policies and procedures into line with the principles and standards laid down in the national document.
This is another step in the efforts of Cork & Ross to put in place effective measures for safeguarding children. Bishop Buckley, in the foreword, says “this new policy document is a statement of the ongoing commitment of this Diocese to ensuring that all children and young people who are involved in Church-related activities are safeguarded and respected”.
The revised policy document is being distributed to all the priests of the Diocese and to over 180 lay Parish Representatives from every Parish who have been trained in the past three years.
A brochure has also been produced by the Diocese which gives essential information, advice and contact details for the relevant personnel operating in this area. Copies of this will be distributed to all parishes throughout the Diocese shortly.
An Garda Siochaba: 4522000
Mary Ryder (Parish): 087 – 2610276
Parish Child Protection Policy displayed on Parish Assembly Notice Board in Church