Safeguarding Children

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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 the procedures to implement the child safeguarding Policy, the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore follow the guidance of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland available at

  • Child Safeguarding Statement Diocese of Waterford and Lismore 2018
  • Safeguarding Children Policy Standards 2016 NBSCCCI
  • Safeguarding Newsletter 2020

Diocesan Safeguarding Contact Details:

If you have a child safeguarding concern or wish to report an allegation, please contact one of the following:

The Designated Officers for the Diocese of Waterford & Lismore are: