The Diocese of Limerick is committed to safeguarding all members of our community and in particular to creating environments where adults who may be vulnerable are welcomed and respected in all Church related activities. The Diocese is committed to policies and practices which promote the welfare of adults who may be vulnerable and safeguarding them from any form of harm.
All clergy and volunteers/staff involved in any form of ministry or support with adults who may be vulnerable must attend an Adult Safeguarding Training/Information Session Eucharistic Ministers who visit home and people involved in pilgrimages must attend an Adult Training/Information Session
The Church has a long tradition of caring for the vulnerable in society. Many Religious Congregations were established to
care for the elderly, the sick, the vulnerable and the poor. We should be proud of what is good in that tradition.
However, we also need to learn from the times when people and services were not person centred in their approach and people
were not treated with respect and dignity.
There has been a growing awareness over the past 30 years regarding child safeguarding. The Church has taken significant steps in ensuring the safety of children in their involvement with church activities.
In recent years’ society has begun to give attention to safeguarding adults who may be vulnerable to abuse. In May 2019 Pope Francis issued an Apostolic Letter ‘Vos Estis Lux Mundi’.This stresses the importance of protecting vulnerable people and the need to put in place ‘concrete and effective’ actions to achieve this. In 2020 the Diocese of Limerick adopted an Adult Safeguarding Policy. I would encourage you to visit our Diocesan Safeguarding Website and familiarise yourself with the Policy and the guidance it provides.