Policy Statement

Parish Safeguarding Policy Statement

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
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Fr. Gerard J. Clarke SJ
Fr. Richard O’Dwyer SJ