Welcome and Feedback

Welcome to the Safeguarding section of our Diocesan website.  Here you will find, through the drop down menu, all pertinent information concerning the Safeguarding of Children.  The Diocese of Elphin values any feedback on its Safeguarding Children Policy & Procedures. Whether you are a member of Clergy, Staff, Volunteer, Parent, Young Person or Child, all feedback is greatly appreciated and evaluated in our annual review of our Safeguarding Policies, Procedures, Structures and Practices.  For this or any other safeguarding information, please contact:

Mary Nicholson
Director of Safeguarding,
St. Mary’s, Temple Street,
Tel: 071 9150106
Email: mary@elphindiocese.ie

Policy Statement

The Diocese of Elphin is committed to best practice in the area of Safeguarding Children.  As a faith community we the laity, the religious, the clergy and the Bishop of the Diocese value and encourage the participation of children and young people in all Church liturgies and parish activities that enhance their spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and social development.  We appreciate the generous service of the adults who facilitate such participation and respect their integrity.

Each child/young person is a gift from God and has an inherent right to dignity of life and bodily integrity, which must be respected, nurtured and protected by all.  We recognise the dignity and right of every child/young person and are committed to ensuring their safety and well-being.  The welfare of the child/young person must always be paramount.

We acknowledge that all who work with children/young people have a special duty of care towards them.  Leaders must create a safe environment for children/young people in order to secure their protection and enable their full participation in the life of the Church.