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Policy and Procedures

Launch of Diocesan Safeguarding Policy and Procedures

The Archdiocese of Armagh launched its Safeguarding Policy and Procedures and other safeguarding material in the Synod Hall, Armagh, on Saturday, 24 November 2012 at 11am. Over 180 people, representing all ministries throughout the Archdiocese were represented at the launch. Those attending included Priests, Parish Safeguarding personnel, Training Facilitators, Religious Orders from within the Archdiocese, […]

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Role of an Adviser(s)

The Archbishop will appoint an Adviser(s) to be available to the respondent.  Advisers shall represent the needs of the respondent to the church authority and assist, where appropriate, with the care of the respondent and with communication between the respondent, the Designated Officer and the church authority/church organisation. The respondent’s Adviser shall not be the […]

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Role of the Support Person(s)

A Support Person(s) is appointed by the Archbishop to those who make an allegation/disclose abuse under these procedures. The person (who can be a child or adult) making the allegation will be offered a choice between a male or female Support Person. The role of the Support Person(s) is to assist, where appropriate, with communication […]

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Role of the Diocesan Advisory Panel

The consultative Advisory Panel has been appointed by the Archbishop in order to advise and assist him at all stages of the investigative process into alleged abuse. The Panel provides a consistent and accessible source of guidance, through a process of risk assessment, for the Archbishop who is charged with specific responsibilities for decision-making in […]

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Role of the Diocesan Safeguarding Children Committee

The Archbishop has established a Safeguarding Children Committee.  Their role is primarily focused on creating, maintaining and monitoring a safe environment for children in all aspects of church life and activity and for advising on the human resources required for implementing best Safeguarding Practice across services.  Their role is supportive and developmental. It is not […]

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Role of the Diocesan Designated Officers

The Diocesan Designated Officers are appointed by the Archbishop and should be widely identified so that everyone knows who to go to if they have a concern regarding the safeguarding of children, including a concern about a child or disclosure of abuse by a child or adult.  One way of doing this is to ensure […]

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Role of the Safeguarding Representative

All parishes and diocesan groups will have at least one Safeguarding Representative assigned by the Parish Priest/Administrator or, in the case of Diocesan Groups, the group’s Committee.  It is recommended that larger parishes or diocesan organisations have a Safeguarding Committee.  The clergy and Safeguarding personnel in some Pastoral Areas may also wish to work together to […]

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Republic of Ireland Contact Details

DUNDALK Health Service Executive (HSE) Tel:  0429392200 (9.30am to 5.30pm, lunch 1.00pm to 2.00pm) After hours contact Garda Station Dundalk Tel: 0429335577 DROGHEDA Health Service Executive (HSE) Tel: 0419833163 After hours contact Garda Station Drogheda:  Tel: 0419836919 Ardee: Tel: 0416853222 ISPCC CHILDLINE Tel: 1800666666 Other enquiries Tel: 016767960 RAPE CRISIS & SEXUAL ABUSE CENTRE (NE) […]

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Northern Ireland Contact Details

PSNI Tel: 0845600800 This is a centralized number.  Ask to be put through to the police station you require.  The station you need to contact is the one serving the area where the incident/alleged incident took place. The Health and Social Care trusts in Northern Ireland have Gateway services in all departments including the Children’s […]

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Appendix Four – Guidelines for Modern Technology

Guidelines on use of modern technology when working with children   Use of photography and video The use of photography and video is an issue of great concern among those working with children.  The Archdiocese recognises that every parish has their own arrangements in relation to its use in schools, youth groups and for the […]

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