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Support for Survivors of Abuse

Message for Survivors of Abuse from Bishop Nulty
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Candle of Atonement Prayer
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Prayer of Support for Victims of Abuse
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Towards Healing Poster
Towards Healing

Towards Healing is an independent organisation providing professional support for people who have experienced institutional, clerical or religious abuse in Ireland. It is funded by the Catholic Church.
The services they provide include:
> Face to Face Counselling
> Structured Phone Counselling
> Family Counselling
> Counselling Helpline

Towards Peace Poster
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Towards Peace

Towards Peace is a service offering spiritual support for anybody who has been abused, physically emotionally, sexually, spiritually, in a religious/church environment.
Towards Peace was established in October 2014 by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference and the Association of Leaders of Missionary & Religious Leaders of Ireland. (AMRI).
It is a pathway, a safe space where people who have been hurt can connect with their own spirituality, their sense of God and their own journey Towards Peace. The service is free and is also available to the families of those who have been affected.
Towards Peace understands spirituality as a way of being in, and relating to the world, connected to God and to ones deepest self. Through one to one meetings with a trained and qualified spiritual companion – an anam cara or soul friend – Towards Peace offers safe spaces for people to attend to their own spiritual life.
The Towards Peace office hours are Monday and Tuesday 9am - 4pm and Wednesday 9am - 12noon.
For further information:
Phone: (01) 505 3028 or (086) 7710533

National Counselling Service (NCS)

The HSE National Counselling Service (NCS) is for adults who were abused in childhood and was established in September 2000 in response to the recognition that a large number of adults had been abused as children while in care in State institutions in Ireland. The NCS offers confidential face to face counselling, free of charge, to adults who experienced physical, emotional, sexual abuse or neglect during childhood. Counselling is available at 60 locations throughout Ireland.

National Counselling Service (NCS) Contact Details local to Kildare & Leighlin
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Connect is a telephone counselling and support service for any adult who has experienced abuse, trauma or neglect in childhood. The service is also available to partners or relatives of people with these experiences. Connect is an out of hours service available Wednesday to Sunday 6–10pm. Free and Confidential. To speak to a counsellor call: 1800 477 477.

Civil Authorities

Gardai, TUSLA, HSE

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Safeguarding Personnel

Ms Ailish Higgins, Bishops House, Old Dublin Road, Carlow. Email: [email protected] Tel: 085-8021633

If you have a child or vulnerable adult safeguarding concern or wish to raise a matter from the past you may contact:

Ms. Ailish Higgins
Designated Liaison Person (DLP)

Email:             [email protected]            Phone:         085 8021633


Contact the Civil Authorities

Garda National Protective Services Bureau

01 6663430    /    1800 555 222


Tusla Child & Family Agency

Kilkenny & Carlow area     –       052 617 7302

Laois & Offaly area     –              044 935 3997

Kildare & West Wicklow     –      045 839 300


HSE Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

Carlow, Kilkenny:     Tel:   056 778 4325   Email: [email protected]

Wicklow:                    Tel: 01 216 4511      Email: [email protected]

Kildare, Wicklow:      Tel: 045 920410       Email: [email protected]

Laois, Offaly:            Tel: 01 6914632        Email: [email protected]

Ms Michele Hughes, c/o Bishop’s House, Carlow Tel: 086-1710643

Fr. Michéal Murphy PP Mountmellick, Co. Laois. Tel: 057-8679302, Mob: 086-8244629, E-mail: [email protected]


Safeguarding Policies

Commitment by the Church Authority
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Safeguarding Policy 2024
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Kildare and Leighlin Child Safeguarding Statement 2024

For the procedures to implement the child safeguarding policy, the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin follow the guidance of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland

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National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland
Diocesan Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policy
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Guidance on Whistleblowing
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National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland

National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland

All Church organisations and personnel can access specialist advice about child protection issues through the National Office and contact the National Board. National Office for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCC) New House Saint Patrick’s College Maynooth, Co.Kildare Tel: 01 505 3124 Fax: 01 505 3026

Safeguarding Roles

Safeguarding Roles

As taken from the Guidance for Standard 1, creating and maintaining safe environments. (See page 5).

Activities for Young People

Supervison Ratios for Children's Activities
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6 Steps to Youth Involvement
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Check list for when new Altar Servers are starting
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1.4A T3 Child and Guardian Joint Consent Form
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1.4A T4 Altar Server Form
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1.4B T1 Incident Accident Report Form
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1.4E T1- Pope John Paul II Award Permission Form
1.4E T3- Pope John Paul II Award Safeguarding Agreement Form (2)
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1.9A T1- Media Permission Form
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Sample Risk Assessment for Children's Activities
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Important Information

This form can be downloaded, completed and must then be printed and signed.

Complaints Form
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Code of Behaviour for Adults
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Code of Behaviour for Children
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Sample workshop on creating a Code of Behaviour for Children
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Garda Vetting

Important Information

As there are the 2 types of vetting forms available we strongly advise you to go through the checklist when you have completed either form as they cannot be processed without the necessary ID and address verification documents.

The Garda Vetting will not accept incomplete applications and to this end we have attached two “How To” sample applications.
One for the “long form” (NVB2) and one for the “e-vetting invitation” (NVB1).
These samples are intended only as a reference for you to check your own application against or if you are unsure of how the applications are completed.

Garda Vetting Form NVB1 (e-vetting)
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NVB1 As Gaeilge
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How to fill out the 'e-vetting form' (NVB1)
NVB1 Checklist
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Garda Vetting - Long Form (NVB 2)
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How to fill out the 'long form' (NVB 2)
NVB2 Checklist
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ID Checklist
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Schools Vetting

Schools Vetting
All school vetting forms need to be sent directly to:
Br. Camillius Regan, CPSMA, 10 Hawthorn Drive, Tullow, Co. Carlow.

> Sending schools vetting forms to Bishops House will unfortunately result in a delay in your application.

> Applications cannot be processed without the relevant ID and address verification.

> Please use the checklist to make sure your application is completed correctly.

> Vetting may be carried out for 16 – 18 year olds with parental consent.

> Please see the ‘Schools Vetting’ section on the website.

Recruitment of Staff and Volunteers

Important Information

Forms can be downloaded and completed, and must then be printed and signed.

Guidance from the NBSCCCI on the Implementation of Safe Recruitment Procedures
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1.1A T2 Staff Volunteer Recruitment Form
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1.1A T4 Character and Personal Reference Request Form
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1.1A T1 Recruitment and Selection Checklist
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Use of Church Property for Children's Activities

Guidance for External Groups who use Church Property & Form
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Guidance for requests for one-off use of Church Property
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Reporting a concern of Abuse

Reporting a concern in relation to a child
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Reporting a concern in relation to an adult
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Posters, Leaflets and Publications

Hard copies of all Resources, Posters and Leaflets are available from the Safeguarding Office in Bishop’s House. Please contact [email protected] or telephone 059-9176725 if you require copies.



Safeguarding Newsletter Spring 2024
2022 Parish Safeguarding Audit Summary Report
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Safeguarding Newsletter October 2022
Safeguarding Checklist for Parishes
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Safeguarding Children Poster for Sacristies
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Parish Activities Information and Guidance for Parents, Guardians, Children, Vulnerable Adults and those working in Parishes Leaflet
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Role of the Safeguarding Representative Leaflet
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Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Leaflet
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Towards Healing Poster
Towards Peace Leaflet
Towards Peace Poster


The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) in their guidance state that all persons, clerical and lay, who are engaged in delivering services/ministering to children are required to undertake the NBSCCCI full day training programme on commencement of their role. And do refresher training every three years. 

Training is free of charge to participants. Booking is essential as places are limited.

Enquiries can be made by emailing [email protected] or phoning 085-8021633.

Training sessions full day and refresher days, are due to take place in venues in the Diocese in April & May 2024. Please see the below training notice and booking form for further information and to book a place.

Safeguarding Training Notice Spring Summer 2024
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Safeguarding Training Booking Form
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Strategic Plan

3 Year Safeguarding Plan
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Annual Communication Plan
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Annual Training Plan
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