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Child Safeguarding

The policy of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland has been revised and updated. This policy applies to all Church authorities in Ireland. Presentation Sisters signed up to this policy on 13 September 2016.

The policy of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland can be accessed at www.safeguarding.ie. (On the home page, click on Policy and Guidance and follow the directions to view the policy and access the guidance) or you can access it  HERE .

See:  Child Safeguarding Statement – Presentation Sisters North East Province (Ireland)

Overview of the Role of Mandated Person

Who are mandated persons?

The Children First Act 2015 places a legal obligation on certain people, many of whom are professionals, to report child protection concerns at or above a defined threshold to Tusla Child and Family Agency.  These mandated persons must also assist Tusla in their assessment of child protection concerns about children who have been subject of a mandated report, if requested to do so.

Mandated persons are people who have contact with children and/or families and who, because of their qualifications, training and/or employment role, are in a key position to help protect children from harm.

Mandated persons include professionals working with children in the education, health, justice, youth and childcare sectors.

What are the legal obligations of a mandated person?

Mandated persons have two main legal obligations under the Children First Act 2015.  These are:

  1.  To report, suspected or disclosed harm to a child, above a defined threshold to Tusla.
  2. To assist Tusla, if requested, in assessing a concern which has been the subject of a mandated report.

(Note: This explanation and obligations of the role of a mandated person is based on the Children First : National Guidance and the Children First Act 2015).

Contact Details of Designated Liaison Person (DLP) 

For details of Personnel to Contact if you are concerned about the Welfare and Safety of Children – see:  Page 8 – Child Safeguarding Policy Statement Contact Information

Child Safeguarding and Digital Media

As part of its remit in relation to child safeguarding, the Interprovincial Safeguarding Children Committee has been considering child safeguarding online.  The Committee welcomes the recent publication, Child Safeguarding and Digital Media, by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland.  This publication offers guidance, advice and practice.

The use of digital media enables communication and interactive dialogue between persons and allows the sharing of information.  It is important to be aware of the risks involved in the use of digital media and to have good safeguarding practices to protect children online.

Click  HERE to read about the main risks to children online and the protections we can take in this context.  This is an extract from the publication referred to above.  The entire publication may be accessed on the website www.safeguarding.ie  under the ‘Publications Tab – GAP Papers’