The NBSCCCI has revised the Safeguarding Children: Standards and Guidance document and developed a ‘one Church’ safeguarding policy statement. The Diocese of Meath has signed up to this policy and has developed these operational guidelines to assist Church personnel in implementing the policy and revised standards.

All Church personnel (clergy, volunteers and staff) are required to adhere to the standards.


A series of Appendices provides supplementary information.

Appendix A – Roles in the Child Safeguarding Structure

Appendix B  – Recording & Storage of Information (updated 25 Sept 2019 following GDPR)

Appendix C – Civil and Canonical definitions of abuse (updated 25 Sept 2019 following “Vos estis lux mundi” – motu proprio of Pope Francis which was published on 7 May 2019)

Appendix DContact details for relevant statutory authorities for reporting allegations of abuse

Glossary of TermsApostolic Nuncio – Votum