Safeguarding Children Statement
We in the Parish of Portlaoise values and encourages the participation of children and young people in parish liturgies and activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, social and intellectual development and will work in a partnership way with parents at all times. The Parish recognises the dignity and rights of all children/young people and is committed to ensuring their protection. We in Portlaoise Parish undertake to do all in our power to create safe environments where the welfare of children/young people is paramount. In keeping with this we have policies and procedures in place through which our duty of care is put into effect. This duty of care extends to all the many and varied ways that children share in the life of the Church in our Parish and Diocese.
The Gospel of Christ invites us to cherish and affirm each child 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. Everyone in the Church has an obligation to ensure that the fundamental rights of children are respected.
Partnership with Civil Authorities:
Portlaoise Parish is committed to working in partnership with the civil authorities to ensure that all aspects of child welfare are managed justly and promptly. We will adhere to statutory policy, notably ‘Children First’: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children (1999). All child protection concerns shall be reported to the civil authorities without delay.
The Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin is committed to following best practice as specified by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church (NBSCCC). Our diocesan child protection procedures are set out in our publication—’Kildare & Leighlin Diocese: Safeguarding Children Policy & Procedures’ (Aug 2009). This document can be downloaded from the diocesan website www.kandle.ie. (Safeguarding Resources) As required of all church personnel in this Diocese, we will adhere to ‘Kildare and Leighlin Diocese: Safeguarding Children Policy & Procedures’ (Aug 2009).
All groupings using the Parish Centre will adhere to Portlaoise Parish Policy and will report through their own designated child protection officer.
Monsignor John Byrne, P.P.