3. Safeguarding Children Policy, Standards and Guidelines

The Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin recognises each child as a gift from God, and values and encourages the participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.

As a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, the Diocese recognises and upholds the dignity and rights of all children, is committed to ensuring their safety and well-being, and will work in partnership with parents/guardians to do this.

The Diocese will implement this policy by ensuring that all our ministry and activities comply with applicable indicators of the seven Safeguarding Standards. This policy applies to all clergy, religious, staff and volunteers who work with children and young people in the diocese.

Safeguarding Children Policy

Safeguarding Policy Guidelines

Standard 1: Creating and Maintaining Safe Environments

Standard 2: Procedures for Responding to Child Protection Suspicions, Concerns, Knowledge or Allegations

Standard 3: Care and Support for the Complainant

Standard 4: Care and Management of the Respondent

Standard 5: Training and Support for Keeping Children Safe

Standard 6: Communicating the Church’s Safeguarding Message

Standard 7: Quality Assuring Compliance with the Standards

Appendices and Glossary

Appendix A: Roles in Child Safeguarding Structure

Appendix B: Recording and Storage of Information

Appendix C: Definitions of Abuse and Child Pornography

Appendix D: Contact Details for Relevant Statutory Authorities for reporting Allegations of Abuse

Glossary of Terms