The Child Safeguarding Team at Mount Argus Parish, in association with the Passionist Congregation, is committed to ensuring the highest level of protection for all children who engage with our parish in any way. The team members are Caroline Garrett, Terry Brady, James Graham and Paula Kelly. This team works very closely with Fr. Paul Francis Spencer CP (Parish Priest) and Fr. Bernard Lowe CP (Rector). The Child Safeguarding Team have the responsibility for ensuring that the Mount Argus Childcare Policy is implemented and adhered to by all adults working with children.
Our role is first and foremost to see that Mount Argus is a safe place for children. To this end, we arrange training to ensure that all those working with children in our Parish understand and accept our Child Safeguarding Policy.
We have implemented the Garda Clearance procedure to ensure all adults in contact with children are appropriately vetted.
Here are some useful telephone numbers with regard to Child Safeguarding:
To reach a member of the Mount Argus Child Protection Safeguarding Team, please call
085 187 6203
For the Designated Persons for the Archdiocese of Dublin: Mr. Andrew Fagan (Director of the Child Safeguarding) or Ms. Julie McCullough (Child Protection Officer), please call 01-836 0314
The telephone numbers for the local Garda Stations are: 01-666 6200 (Crumlin), 01-666 6600 (Sundrive Road) and 01-666 6400 (Terenure).
Towards Healing Counselling Service: Freephone 1800 303 416
Tusla Child and Family Agency: 01-635 2854
Child Safeguarding and Protection, Policy and Procedures. Link to document for the Archdiocese of Dublin. http://csps.dublindiocese.ie/
Notice from the Child Safeguarding and Protection Service of the Archdiocese of Dublin
The Archdiocese of Dublin, as a ‘relevant service’ under the Children First Act 2015, is required to publish and to make available to members of the public and to Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, a Child Safeguarding Statement. This statement is available at csps.dublindiocese.ie/policies or in printed form from the Child Safeguarding and Protection Service (01 836 0314). The Statement sets out the safeguarding policy and principles of the Diocese, the nature of the involvement of the Diocese with children through its parishes and diocesan agencies, the commitment of the Diocese to ensuring that children are protected from harm and refers to the procedures for reporting child protection concerns to the civil authorities.
The Statement also contains a risk assessment. This requires the Diocese to identify the risks of harm to children through their involvement in Church activities in the Diocese and the policies, practices and procedures in place to manage these risks.