St Peter's Church


Child Safeguarding


Child Safeguarding Statement of the Vincentian Community in the Republic of Ireland

This statement has been prepared to comply with the requirements of the Children First Act 2015 and is derived from Safeguarding Children Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016.

Child Safeguarding Statement


Children First Guidance

Children First: National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children was first published in 1999 and has been revised and updated a number for times since, most recently in 2017. The key messages of the guidance have remained unchanged. The guidance seeks to assist people to recognise where a child is being abused or neglected, and to report reasonable concerns about abuse or neglect to Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. The guidance also assists organisations working with children with information about best practice in child safeguarding.

The most recent version of the Children First Guidance in 2017 also incorporates information on the Children First Act 2015 and in particular, sets out the specific child protection statutory obligations imposed on certain categories of persons and organisations under that Act.



Child Safeguarding Policy Statement of the Constituent Members of the Catholic Church in Ireland

As a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, we recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children, are committed to ensuring their safety and well-being, and will work in partnership with parents/guardians to do this. We recognise each child as a gift from God, and we value and encourage the participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.


All Church personnel (including clergy, religious, staff and volunteers) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse.


Details of Personnel to Contact if you are Concerned about the Welfare and Safety of Children 




Mr Andrew Fagan (Dublin Diocese)
Ms Deirdre Donnelly (Dublin Diocese)

01 836 0314
  Fr Eamon Devlin, CM (Vincentian Community)

01 838 9708

Parish Safeguarding Representatives

Ms Terry Kelleher
Ms Anne Marie Kiernan

01 838 9708

An Garda Siochana:

399 North Circular  Road
Dublin D07 CH02

01 666 8600


Garda National Protective Services Bureau



01 666 3430
01 666 3435


Garda Child Sexual Abuse Free Phone


1800 555 222

Child Protection Service:

(Tusla) North Inner City

01 856 6856

HSE (Vulnerable Adults)

1850 241 850

Towards Healing:

(Hearing Impaired Text line)

1800 303 416

085 802 2859

Rape Crisis Centre (Dublin)


1800 77 88 88


*Designated Liaison Person