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. The child safeguarding policy in place at present may be viewed in any of the churches, schools or sacristies of the diocese.

The Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy is contained in Safeguarding Children Parish Handbook
We invite you to read this handbook to become familiar with the Killala Diocesan Policy for Child Safeguarding.

Diocesan Child Safeguarding Policy and Contacts contains the Policy on Safeguarding in Killala Diocese and all necessary contacts you need in this regard.

The Diocese of Killala is committed to:


     – recognising that child protection is everyone’s responsibility.

     – recognising the unique and individual worth of each child.

     – nurturing, protecting and safeguarding children and young people.

     – supporting parents and families.

     – the exercise of care in the appointment of those working with children and young people in the Church

     – working to ‘Children First’ and Safeguarding Children. Standards and Guidance Document for the Catholic Church.

     – ensuring that people are adequately trained and supervised,

     – understanding and following the Church’s child safeguarding policy.

     – following statutory and specialist guidelines in working with children and young people.

     – seeking to support all those affected by abuse.

     – supporting and resourcing those who work with children and young people and providing regular supervision.

     – A bi-annual review of the diocesan child safeguarding policy. 


As part of the commitment of the diocese to the protection of children and vulnerable adults Mr John Cummins has been appointed as Child Protection Coordinator for the Diocese of Killala.

Anyone who has issues or concerns around the safety of children should contact
Mr John Cummins
Child Protection Office
The Newman Institute
Co. Mayo.


Confidential Helpline 087-1003554

Appendix of Forms: Guide of Reference (you can find these forms in the link on Child Safeguarding Parish handbook)

1. Form SG-01: Application form for work in church-related activities (page 64)
2. Form SG-02: Declaration of workers in church-related activities (page 67)
3. Form SG-03: Safeguarding agreement form (page 68)
4. Form SG-04: Child & parental/guardian joint consent form (page 69)
5. Form SG-05: Accidents/incidents form (page 71)
6. Form SG-06: Hazard assessment form (page 73)
7. Form SG-07: External groups using church property form (page 74)
8. Form SG-08: General complaints form (page 76)
9. Form SG-09: Child protection referral form (page 77)
10. Vetting Invitation form, Vetting Application Form (page 56-61)

External Websites regarding Child Safeguarding in Ireland
National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland
The NBSCCCI website is to be found at

“TOWARDS HEALING” A counselling and support service for survivors of abuse by clergy.
Helpline can be called on Freefone 1800-303416.

“TOWARDS PEACE” A spiritual support for survivors of abuse.
Phone (01)5053028 or (086) 7710533