Dublin diocesan child safeguarding day

Day aims to raise awareness of work in child protection in the Church

Next Sunday, December 15 is Diocesan Child Safeguarding Day in the Archdiocese of Dublin. This is an initiative of the Diocesan Safeguarding Committee, which was appointed by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the beginning of this year.

The aim of Diocesan Child Safeguarding Day is to raise awareness of the work that is being done to ensure the safety and protection of children involved in Church activities in the diocese. The key messages organisers hope to put across are that safeguarding is about creating the right environment for the involvement of children in the life of the Church and that good safeguarding practice is an integral part of ministry.

It is envisaged that a Parish Safeguarding Representative will give a short presentation at every Mass and a template for this is being sent to every parish. This template, along with homily notes (prepared by Fr Donal Neary SJ), prayers of the faithful and ‘Z cards’ with information about child safeguarding in the diocese, is being distributed to every parish this week.

Additional cards are available for collection at Holy Cross Diocesan Centre or contact Geraldine Tierney or Fr Paddy Boyle at 8360314 to make alternative arrangements.