Safeguarding Children Policy Statement for the Diocese of Meath

The Gospel teaches the importance of ensuring that the Catholic Church community is a warm, welcoming and safe place for children.

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:14-15)

Children are gifts from God, to be cherished and recognised for the joyful contribution they make as valued members of the Church.

Our challenge is to follow the example of Jesus in cherishing them. Safeguarding is key to this important task and should be seen, not as a burden, but as an opportunity to embrace and encourage children’s ministry, following the example of Jesus Christ.

The Diocese of Meath pledges to safeguard children from harm and to support them in their development as valued and integral members of the Catholic Church in Ireland. The Church’s ministry will be inclusive and will uphold their rights.

Consistent with Gospel values, and with civil and criminal law, those who minister will do so with dignity and integrity, honouring their calling to ensure that children are welcomed, cherished and protected, following the example set by Jesus.

This Safeguarding Children Policy will be honoured and complied with by all ordained clerics, by vowed female and male religious, and by all lay staff and volunteers in the Catholic Church in Ireland.

Details of personnel to contact if you are concerned about the welfare and safety of children

Designated Liaison Persons

Marie O’Sullivan DLP or Marie Willoughby DLP
Tel: 083 3175742
or [email protected]

Garda National Protective Services Bureau

Tel: 01 666 3430 or 01 666 3435


046 909 7870 (for Meath)
044 938 4450 (for Westmeath)
Queries regarding training, and any general queries regarding safeguarding,
should be directed to the Diocesan Safeguarding Office

Tel: 044 934 8841
or [email protected]