April 2013 – Diocese publishes review undertaken by the NBSCCI. It is the most comprehensive, independent review undertaken to-date of safeguarding practice in the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore.
It is a result of an on-site audit of safeguarding practice in the Diocese conducted by the NBSCCCI at the request of Bishop Lee during October 2012. To read the report, the statement on the report and the pastoral letter, please see below.
- Final Report – Waterford – 2013 24.04.13.
- Diocese of Waterford and Lismore Statement on Publication of Report
- Pastoral Letter from Bishop William Lee April 2013
Diocesan Child Safeguarding Policy Statement
and Contact Details
The Diocese of Waterford & Lismore seeks to proclaim the Kingdom of God and to make known the Good News of Christ more fully through worship, service and witness. In keeping with this aim, ministry with children and young people in the Diocese is informed by the Gospel values of Truth, Justice and Love.
The Diocese of Waterford & Lismore values and encourages the participation of children and young people in parish liturgies and in activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development. We recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children and young people. We are committed to their safeguarding and support in a way that promotes their human dignity and integrity as children of God.
In keeping with this, we undertake to do all in our power to create safe environments for children and young people, and to ensure their safeguarding from either physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect.
We recognise that all involved in working with children and young people have a special duty of care towards them. We are committed to putting procedures in place through which this care is put into effect so that the rights of children and young people to safely and actively participate in the life of the Church are upheld.
All Church personnel are expected to comply with the Diocesan Safeguarding policy and procedures.
For further information on parish policies, please contact the parish representatives for Safeguarding Children.
Diocesan Safeguarding Contact Details:
If you have a child safeguarding concern or wish to report an allegation, please contact one of the following:
Diocese of Waterford & Lismore
The Designated Officer for the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore is:
Fr. Paul Murphy Tel : (051) -384192
H.S.E. Office Phone: Waterford (051) 842728
Dungarvan (058) 20900 Clonmel (052) 6177302 or (052) 6177303
HSE national free helpline numbers on callsave 1850 241 1850
Contact should be made with your local Gardaí or:
If you, or anyone you know, requires support or pastoral care in relation to a child safeguarding issue, please contact the following pastoral care/support person:
Ann Howard Tel: 087-2166789
Other Support Services available:
Click on www.towardshealing.ie – a new counselling service and support service for survivors of Institutional, Clerical and Religious abuse, funded by the Catholic Church.
- Safeguarding Children – www.safeguarding.ie
- One in Four – www.oneinfour.ie
- ISPCC – www.ispcc.ie
- Barnardos – http://barnardos.ie/
- Samaritans – http://www.samaritans.org/
- Children at risk in Ireland (CARI) – www.cari.ie
- HSE – www.hse.ie/eng/services/Find_a_Service/Children_and_Family_Services/childrenfirst/
Please click on Contact Details – Statutory for support numbers and information.
The National Board for Safeguarding children has published the review on the Diocese of Waterford of Lismore. Please click on Final Report – Waterford – 2013 24.04.13. to read this report.
If you require further definition on what abuse is please click on What is Child Abuse.
Please click on Training Schedule 2013 for future safeguarding training currently planned in the Diocese. For further details, please contact Avril Halley, Diocesan Safeguarding Co-ordinator at 051-874199.
Forms & resources and listed below.
To view our Safeguarding Policy, please click Safeguarding Children Policy 2010.
(This document will be reviewed in the autumn of 2013
Policy Agreement Declaration
Church Porch Policy
Adult Volunteer Staff Application Form
Adult Volunteer/Staff Declaration Form
Confidential Reference Form
Parental/Guardian Consent Form
Parental/Guardian Consent Form – Special Activity
Accident / Incident Report Form
Altar Server Ministry Participant Application Form
Altar Server Application-Consent form
Minister of the Word for young people
Child Protection – Recording Form
General Complaints Form
Guidance on photography
Diocesan Garda Vetting Form
Parish Self Audit Form
Lourdes Pilgrimage Policy Statement
Click on Ministry-Leave-2012 to view the Interim Guideance – Leave from Sacred ministry and Apostolate for Clergy and Religous.