Training for Parish Designated Persons will take place in Mt St Anne’s on 15th & 16th January 2010.

FR Micheal Murphy, Trish O'Neill, Bishop Jim Moriarty and Fr John Stapleton at the launch of revised safeguarding children 'policy and procedures' in Portlaoise Parish Centre 10 Sept 2009

Training for Parish Designated Persons

Training for Parish Designated Persons will take place in Mt St Anne’s Retreat Centre near Portarlington on Friday 15th January 2010 from 7-10pm and again on Saturday 16th January 2010 from 9am – 4pm.

It is diocesan policy that every Parish should have in place at least one trained Parish Designated Person. Some parishes have more than one.

Before being appointed a ‘Parish Designated Person’, it was required that all candidates complete the ‘Children First – Keeping Safe Programme’.

These courses have been running in the diocese for the past year.

Having completed the required ‘Children First – Keeping Safe Programme’, this training night will focus on our revised diocesan safeguarding policy and procedures document (August 2009).

Role of the Parish Designated Person

The role of the Parish Designated Person in the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin is to

  • Promote the safeguarding of children and to be a resource for any person involved in the parish (clergy, staff, volunteer, child or young person, parent or guardian) about any aspect of child protection.
  • Be available to receive child protection concerns in relation to children involved in parish related events.
  • Report all child protection concerns to the civil authorities (HSE / An Garda Sochna) without delay.
  • Notify the Diocesan Designated Person (Delegate) of all reports made.