Safeguarding Children


From the date of commencement of the legislation on 27 April 2016, it is a criminal offence to allow anyone to engage in work with children or vulnerable adults, without having them vetted first.

Garda Vetting Form available here

The law sets out circumstances that require vetting, defined as: “Any work or activity which is carried out by a person, a necessary and regular part of which consists mainly of the person having access to, or contact with, children.”

For further information, email


A newsletter is prepared for volunteers, parish staff and parents. Recently published newsletters are available for download here

The most recent (Summer 2019) newsletter presents

  • Updated guidance from Bishop Deenihan
  • Information on Mandated Persons
  • An Independent Assessor Evaluation of the Parish Self-Audit (2018)
  • A helpful list for PSRs
  • Contact details of Designated Liaison Person & Safeguarding Trainers
  • dates for forthcoming training in the Diocese of Meath; plans for Safeguarding Awareness Day; and a reminder of how best to respond to concerns and complaints relating to child safeguarding.

Newsletters should be distributed widely, especially among volunteers and parents.