The diocese of Killala is committed to a child safeguarding policy which aims to ensure a safe environment for children and young people, where risks are minimized, where those affected by abuse are supported, where offenders are brought to justice and where all allegations are dealt with justly and promptly. Therefore, in the interests of the safety and well being of children and young people, this diocese has developed and operates a formal child safeguarding policy. The child safeguarding policy in place at present may be viewed in any of the churches, schools or sacristies of the diocese.

It is entitled: Diocese of Killala. Safeguarding Children and Young People in the Diocese of Killala. March 2011. (Revised Guidelines)

The Diocese of Killala is committed to:

– recognising that child protection is everyone’s responsibility.

– recognising the unique and individual worth of each child.

– nurturing, protecting and safeguarding children and young people.

– supporting parents and families.

– the exercise of care in the appointment of those working with children and young people in the Church

– working to ‘Children First’ and Safeguarding Children. Standards and Guidance Document for the Catholic Church.

– ensuring that people are adequately trained and supervised,

– understanding and following the Church’s child safeguarding policy.

– following statutory and specialist guidelines in working with children and young people.

– seeking to support all those affected by abuse.

– supporting and resourcing those who work with children and young people and providing regular supervision.

– A bi-annual review of the diocesan child safeguarding policy.

As part of the commitment of the diocese to the protection of children and vulnerable adults Mr John Cummins has been appointed as Child Protection Coordinator for the Diocese of Killala.

Anyone who has issues or concerns around the safety of children should contact either Mr John Cummins or Dr. Máirín Glenn.

Their telephone number is 096-72066 at the Child Protection Office, The Newman Institute, Ballina.

Confidential Helpline 087-1003554

Killala Diocese Safeguarding