Safeguarding Children

For the National Safeguarding Children Website, visit:
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 :  087-9661959
Pastoral care/support Person
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 087-2166789
H.S.E. Office Phone:
          Waterford (051) 842827      Dungarvan (058) 20906       Clonmel (052) 6177303
The Gardaí:
Contact should be made with your local Gardaí or:
Tramore:     051-391620
Waterford:  051-305300.
Clonmel:      052-6177640
Dungarvan:  058-42370
Other Support Services available:
Click on – a new counselling service and support service for survivors of Institutional, Clerical and Religous abuse, funded by the Catholic Church.
Please click on Contact Details – Statutory for support numbers and information.
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
 Click on Ministry-Leave-2012 to view the Interim Guideance – Leave from Sacred ministry and Apostolate for Clergy and Religous.