Welcome to our Christmas edition of our Newsletter. On behalf of the National Board, the National Office staff and the National Case Management Committee (NCMC) can I take this opportunity to thank you all for your work on ensuring the safety of children in Catholic Church ministry. Christmas
provides an opportunity and time for reflection and for thanksgiving. The National Board acknowledges the significant efforts made by all in the Church, Church leaders, safeguarding personnel, volunteers and the lay faithful to prioritise the well-being of children and to promote best practice.
Ensuring that Children and Vulnerable People Feel Safe and Respected
The Diocese of Limerick seeks to continuously improve our safeguarding practices. We aim to ensure that children and people who may be vulnerable feel safe and respected in all of their involvement with the Church and that all those involved in ministry are aware of their responsibilities and feel supported.
During summer 2019 the National Board said a fond “Slán agus beannacht” to Ann Doyle. Ann has worked in the National Office for 11 years and graced us all with her calm, gentle manner through good times and challenging times. While Ann is missed by us all, we are delighted that she is taking time
with her family and grandchildren during this next phase of her life.
HSE ADULT SAFEGUARDING DRAFT POLICY (2019)
The HSE Adult Safeguarding Policy Review Development Group concluded their work on devising a revised Draft HSE Adult Safeguarding Policy in recent months. The final draft of the revised Adult Safeguarding Policy was endorsed by HSE Leadership in early June. The National Safeguarding Office and the Review Chair, Martina Queally, Chief Officer, Community Healthcare East would like to thank all those who contributed in any way to this revised policy.
As we enter the summer period it is helpful to look back over the work undertaken during the last few months and set out our training and other plans for the next quarter. We are also just about to produce the National Board’s annual report which charts our work over the past twelve months.Read More
Pope Francis called together Presidents of Bishops’ Conferences for a Meeting on Child Safeguarding. The three day meeting took place in Rome on 21-24th February 2019. The long term outcomes will undoubtedly impact on our practice here in Ireland, and we in the National Board will work closely with Church authorities and Church personnel to ensure we offer support in developing and maintaining best practice standards on all aspects of child safeguarding in the Catholic Church in Ireland.Read More