Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement

Our mission at this Jesuit parish is that people find strength, light and consolation in our church. 

We in the Parish of St. Francis Xavier’s Gardiner Street value and encourage the participation of children, young people and vulnerable adults in all parish activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development, particularly through the services listed below:

  • Attendance by children in Church services usually, but not always, accompanied by the their parents or guardians;
  • Participation of children in sacramental preparation often, but not always, done in conjunction with schools;
  • Participation in the sacraments through serving at Mass, singing with choirs, acting as Eucharistic Ministers and Ministers of the Word;
  • Participation in youth groups and programmes;
  • Participation in retreats and pilgrimages.

When it comes to include children, young people and vulnerable adults in parish’s activities, our overarching principles are the best interests of the children and the recognition and respect of their dignity and rights. In keeping with this, we strive to create a safe environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults in order to secure their protection from all forms of abuse and enable their full participation in the life of the Church and of the Parish.

We are committed to putting procedures in place through which this care is put into effect so that the rights of children, young people and vulnerable adults to safely and actively participate in the life of the Church are upheld.

These guiding principles inform this policy. The policy has been written to ensure that St. Francis Xavier’s Gardiner Street Parish takes every possible measure to prevent abuse. It aims to ensure that none of its personnel or volunteers engages in behaviour that could allow abuse to occur or actions that could be misinterpreted by children, their families or other adults as constituting or leading to abuse.

This Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures document should be read in conjunction with the Safeguarding Children Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland, 2016.

Gardiner Street Parish Safeguarding Representatives

Fr. Gerard J. Clarke SJ

Fr. Richard O’Dwyer SJ

Ms. Christine Halloran

Safeguarding Documents

Role of the Child Protection Team

A designated Child Protection Team is assigned to deal with any “Child Protection” concerns and/or complaints raised by young people, adult volunteers or parents/guardians

We greatly appreciate your cooperation in helping the Parish implement its Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

Parish’s Safeguarding Team

Fr Gerry Clarke SJ

Fr Richard O’Dwyer SJ

Ms. Christine Halloran

Designated Liaison Persons for the Archdiocese of Dublin Child Safeguarding & Protection Service

Mr. Andrew Fagan (Director of the Child Safeguarding)  

Ms. Julie McCullough (Child Protection Officer),  please call 01-836 0314

Other Relevant Contacts

Local Garda Station: 01-666 8600

Duty Social Work Team 01-8566856 – This is the best number to call if you have a specific query

Tusla Child and Family Agency: 01-7718500
Archdiocese of Dublin CS&P service.
Towards Healing Counselling Service: Freephone 1800 303 416
Towards Healing is an independent organisation providing professional support for people who have experienced institutional, clerical or religious abuse in Ireland.