Ardagh & Clonmacnois Safeguarding Policy

Diocese of Ardagh & Clonmacnois Safeguarding Children Policy Statement

Child Safeguarding Statement – Ardagh – Download

As a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, we recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children, are committed to ensuring their safety and well-being, and will work in partnership with parents/guardians to do this. We recognise each child as a gift from God, and we value and encourage the participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.

All Church personnel (including clergy, religious, staff and volunteers) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse.

Safeguarding Children Policy for the Catholic Church in Ireland

The Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois will adhere to the Guidance of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland.


In the diocese of Ardagh & Clonmacnois, each child shall be cherished and affirmed as a gift from God with an inherent right to dignity of life and bodily integrity which shall be respected, nurtured and protected by all.


We value and actively encourage the participation of children in diocesan activities.


We recognise that the welfare of children is paramount and endeavour to ensure that children are respected and safe in the course of their participation in all church activities.


Ardagh & Clonmacnois Safeguarding Policies and Procedures

PDF Copies of Safeguarding Forms for Parishes
Contact Details for Safeguarding Concerns
National Safeguarding Board for the Protection of Children in the Catholic Church
Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children 2011
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Guidelines


Statement of Practice Report
Review of Safeguarding Practice in the Diocese of Ardagh & Clonmacnois
Diocesan Response to Recommendations
Audit of Safeguarding Practice in Parishes 2013
Audit of Safeguarding Practice in Parishes 2014
Audit of Safeguarding Practice in Parishes 2015
Diocesan Safeguarding Committee Report 2015
Audit of Safeguarding Practice in Parishes 2016
Diocesan Safeguarding Committee Report 2016