Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults

The Parish of Our Lady Mother of the Church, Castleknock, values and encourages the participation of children, young people and vulnerable adults in all parish activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, and social development.

We recognise the dignity and rights of all children, young people and vulnerable adults. We are committed to ensuring their protection and support.

In keeping with this, we will work to do all in our power to create safe environments for children, young people and vulnerable adults in order to secure their protection and enable their full participation in the life of the Church.


Safeguarding Policies

Our Parish follows the Safeguarding policies of the Archdiocese of Dublin.

All policies relating to the Safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults are available on the Dublin Diocesan website.



Parish Safeguarding Team

Our Parish has Safeguarding Representatives in place to ensure that our Parish follows best practice and that the current Diocesan policies are implemented in our Parish.

The Safeguarding Representatives liaise with the various groups in our Parish and advise the Parish Priest on any matters pertaining to safegurding that need to be addressed.

There are currently four Safeguarding Representatives who may be contacted through the Parish Office.


Garda Vetting

Garda vetting is one of a range of safeguards in place in the Archdiocese of Dublin to ensure the safety and protection of children and vulerable persons. The Diocesan policy on Garda vetting is informed by and in compliance with the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012, as amended by the Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016.

Depending on their particular role in our Parish, certain staff members and volunteers require Garda vetting. Volunteers in our Parish who engage in public ministries and volunteers working with children, young people or vulnerable adults generally require to be Garda vetted. Volunteers in many other roles in our Parish do not require to be Garda vetted. Our Parish will advise staff and volunteers if their role requires them to undergo Garda vetting. Garda vetting is a confidential process undertaken through our Parish Office and the Diocesan Offices.


Contact Information

If you have a concern about Safeguarding in our Parish with regard to children or vulnerable adults please follow up on it.

The Dublin Diocesan Child Safeguarding and Protection Service is available to assist you.

The Designated Liaison Person is Andrew Fagan.
Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3.
Tel: 01-8360314.

You can contact Tusla, the Child and Family Agency.

Roselawn Health Centre, Blanchardstown. Tel: 01-6464500.
Swords. Tel: 01-8708000.

If you think a child or vulnerable adult may be in danger and need immediate help, please contact the Gardaí.

Garda Station, Blanchardstown. Tel: 01-6667000.
In an emergency dial 999 or 112.