The report has been prepared to outline the efforts of the Diocese of Meath during 2017 to comply with the seven standards for safeguarding children identified by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI).
The Diocese of Meath is required to put in place arrangements to ensure and evaluate its compliance with these seven safeguarding standards at local level and to notify the NBSCCCI in writing of the completion of this annual report.
The parish safeguarding audit returns have be scrutinised by the Safeguarding Children Committee and recommendations for further action and improvements are incorporated in a report for Bishop Smith. This process applies to Standards 1, 5, and 6. A report is also prepared for the Bishop by the Designated Liaison Persons (DLP) on Standards 2, 3, and 4. Recommendations for action and improvements identified by the DLP will be incorporated into the Safeguarding Plan 2017-2020. It has been decided to include reports on the work of the Advisory Case Management Committee (ACMC) and of the Safeguarding Children Committee (SCC) in this annual report.