Safeguarding Message May 2022
The Easter Season is the high point of the Church year as Christian people celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. This celebration reminds us of our great dignity as God’s children and our calling to recognise Christ in each other.
Thankfully the covid restrictions of the past two years have eased and while there are still concerns around the virus, parish activities have resumed to a fairly high degree. We are pleased to welcome back our parishioners young and old.
We continue to be mindful of our responsibilities in the area of safeguarding and of the need to reach the highest standards of best practise.
The Diocesan Safeguarding Committee continue to monitor and promote the ideals of safeguarding.
The National Board for Safeguarding will be reviewing the National Policy and Guidance in the coming year to ensure it continues to be fit for purpose. We as a diocese will have an audit in the Autumn of 2022 conducted by independent assessors on behalf of the National Board. This will enable us as a diocese to continue to go forward in offering safe environments and structures for children and young people to be active in the Church.
I thank all who are involved in the work of safeguarding in the diocese – your involvement is vital for the work of keeping children safe. If anyone who wishes to raise a concern or make a complaint in the diocese, I encourage you to contact the Designated Liaison Person, Tusla or the Garda.
Keeping people safe is an ongoing work which we undertake because of our belief in the dignity of every human person and our faith in the Lord Jesus who inspires us to continue to minister to young people that they too may know and follow him as disciples.
Thomas Healy (Fr)
People who are there to help if someone is hurting you or another child are:
Designated Liaison Person Sean Leydon: 087 – 7431649
Tusla Longford, Offaly & Westmeath: 044 9353997
Leitrim & Sligo: 071 9155133
Roscommon: 091 546235 Cavan: 047 30475
Garda: 043 3350570 071 9650510
090 6492609 049 4368800