Child Safeguarding Policy

The Archdiocese of Dublin, as a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland,
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
Archdiocese 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.

All diocesan personnel (including clergy, religious, staff and volunteers) have a responsibility
to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and
caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse.
This is the policy statement of the Catholic Church in Ireland. It is set out in Safeguarding
Children: Policy and Standards for the Catholic and Church in Ireland (National Board for
Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland, 2016). The document Child
Safeguarding in the Archdiocese of Dublin: Statement, Reporting Procedures and Good
Practice Guidelines describes the arrangements for the implementation of this policy in the
Archdiocese of Dublin.

For further details, please see: