Safeguarding Trust

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 2012.

 *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 the HSE (normally the duty social worker) or a member of An Garda Síochána.

The duty social worker or the child care manager in the HSE Child and Family Services area are designated officers.

The members of the parish panel are:

Safeguarding Trust

Canon Horace McKinley, Rector, Tel: 4933953
Mr. Charles Sheil Tel: 4933359
Mrs. Ingrid McDonald Tel: 4936865
Suzanne Hawe Tel: 2964307

The duty social worker or child care manager may be contacted at the local HSE Child and Family Services offices (local health office).
Address: Rathfarnham Local Health Office, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16.
Tel. 4931366/4933431
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