Safeguarding Children Policy


All of us share the serious responsibility and privilege of trying to ensure that our children grow up in an environment where they are treasured, respected and loved and are free from danger of any form of abuse. The diocese of Killaloe takes its commitment to safeguarding children very seriously. We have published our policies and procedures in accordance with Standards and Guidance Document for the Catholic Church in Ireland. We are fully compliant with all the provisions of civil law in this area.

To Read the Full Text of our Policies and Procedures Click Here

A Message from Bishop Kieran

I welcome the publication of the updated Policies and Procedures for Safeguarding Children in the Diocese of Killaloe. The task of updating is an on-going process and an integral part of ensuring that policies and procedures are correct and in line with national directives of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church (NBSCCCI).

The responsibility of ensuring the safety and well-being of our children does not diminish with time; indeed, the task remains a priority requiring constant vigilance and attention on the part of all involved in church life. We all have an important role to play in ensuring that a safe environment is created for our young people to enable them to grow and flourish as full human beings.

The Diocese of Killaloe is fully committed to:

  • Acknowledge the pain, hurt and damage caused by failures in the past to protect children.
  • Liaise and co-operate fully with the appropriate statutory agencies and the National Board for the Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland..
  • Implement policies, procedures and protocols for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults throughout the diocese.
  • Continue to do all in our power to help survivors towards healing.

I would like to thank most sincerely the members of the Killaloe Child Safeguarding Committee who gave time and energy in the preparation of this document. Their commitment, professional skills and expertise is reflected in the material published here.

I appreciate the close co-operation that exists between the Garda Síochána, the HSE and the Director of Safeguarding in the Diocese.

My sincere thanks to the Representatives in each parish who assist in overseeing and ensuring these guidelines are observed.

May we remain ever vigilant to ensure the well-being and the safety of all in our church communities, especially the young.

With sincere good wishes,

Kieran O’Reilly, SMA 15th August 2013

The designated people to receive complaints where there are concerns about the safety of children are

Ms. Cleo Yates (086) 809 60 27

Fr. Pat Malone (086) 809 60 74




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