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 [email protected]


Publications are available on the diocese safeguarding website.
These include:
  • Annual Reports available here.
  • Reviews [2013 and 2020] of Safeguarding Practice by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland available here.
  • A diocesan newsletter is prepared for volunteers, parish staff and parents. Recently published newsletters are available for download here [in a new window]
    Newsletters should be distributed widely, especially among volunteers and parents.