Safeguarding Trust

Safeguarding Trust


The aim of Safeguarding Trust is to put in place procedures to be followed to ensure a safe environment for the protection of children and young people from all forms of abuse. Safeguarding Trust helps to set high standards of care. Parents have a right to expect these standards as they entrust their children to the Church. It also safeguards those who work with children from the consequences of unfounded allegations.

Safeguarding Trust includes guidance on

Areas of responsibility.                                                      
Recruitment, selection and management of parish workers

·        Child protection reporting procedures

·        Codes of conduct for workers*, children and young people

·         Sharing information

·         General safety and management

As the whole process of interviewing, taking up references, Garda Vetting and training can take up to 12 weeks, now would be a good time to come forward and contact leaders of any of our parish organisations working with children. This would ensure that a volunteer may be ready for consideration and appointment in order to commence in September.

 *worker means all who, at times, share in the church’s ministry with children.

Safeguarding Trust

   Safeguarding Trust (Republic of Ireland):

   The Church of Ireland Code of Good Practice for Ministry with Children

   Church of Ireland child protection policy statement:

  "It is the policy of the Church of Ireland to set standards for the welfare of all children sharing in its ministry     with a view to protecting them from physical, sexual and emotional harm".

Safeguarding Trust means for the thousands of children using Church of Ireland premises for Sunday School and other youth activities, that their parishes are consciously promoting their general safety and welfare. Children’s ministry is only possible because of the commitment of adults who are prepared to work with children and who have been selected, appointed and trained by Safeguarding Trust. Parishes can therefore feel confident that their workers are adhering to good practices in relation to childcare.

In the United Diocese of Dublin & Glendalough, Olive Good (Regulator for Safeguarding Trust) is responsible for the training of leaders and panel members.

Safeguarding Trust

The following information in relation to Safeguarding Trust is displayed on the noticeboards of our    Church & Hall of Whitechurch Parish :

 The incumbent, select vestry and parish leaders are committed to uphold good practice in the parish’s  ministry with children and young people.

Should you have a concern, suspicion or allegation regarding child welfare in the area of ministry to children in this parish please report directly to an appropriate person * and contact a member of the parish panel, listed below, who may also report directly to an appropriate person if the matter is within the panel’s remit.

*appropriate person means an appropriate person as defined in the Protection for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998 – a designated officer of  Tusla (normally the duty social worker) or a member of An Garda Síochána.

The duty social worker or the child care manager in  Tusla Child and Family Agency Office are designated officers.

The members of the parish panel are:

Safeguarding Trust

      Canon Horace McKinley, Rector, Tel: 4933953
      Mr. Don Lewis.
      Ms. Ruth Hughes.
      Mr Hugh St. Leger.
The duty social worker or child care manager may be contacted at the local Tusla Child and             Family Agency Office.
Address: Child and Family Agency, Dublin South Central, Bridge House, Cherry Orchard Hospital,    Dublin 10. Tel. 076 6955749
 In emergency contact the local Garda Station
 Address: Garda Siochana, Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14.
                                             Tel. 01 6666500