Safeguarding Children Policy

The Diocese of Ossory values and encourages the participation of children and young people in parish liturgies and in activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development.  We recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children and young people and are committed to their protection and support  in a way that promotes their human dignity and integrity as children of God.

In keeping with this we in the diocese undertake to do all in our power to create safe environments for children and young people and to ensure their protection from physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

We recognise that all involved in working with children and young people have a special duty of care towards them and we are committed to putting procedures in place through which this care is put into effect so that the rights of children and young people to actively participate in the life of the Church are upheld.

Download our Child Protection policy documents below.

Copies are available at the Parish Office, the Diocesan Office,,

Parish Representatives for ‘The Keeping Children Safe’ :

Mr. Gerry Hughes, Mrs. Breda Freyne

Diocesan Safeguarding Co-Ordinator:

Ena Kennedy Tel. 056-771 2301/087-195 3850


Diocesan Safeguarding Office, Waterford Road, Kilkenny.

Diocesan Safeguarding Designated Persons

Mr. Cathal Cullen on 087-100 0232

Garda Vetting

As we begin a new year we invite any members of the different teams serving the community as Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, Collectors, Catechists or Choir members over 18 years, to avail of a Garda Vetting form in the Parish office, if they haven’t already done so.

Anyone who has contact with children (under 18 years of age) or vulnerable adults as part of their ministry/ work must be vetted.

This applies to every volunteer who has not been vetted within the past 3 years.  Diocesan policy asks us as volunteers, staff and priests to be Garda Vetted every three years.