It is necessary to tell a person who admits an offence against a child that such information cannot be kept confidential.

If the allegation does not relate to Church personnel you must refer the matter to Tusla, and An Garda Síochána. You can consult with the DLP anonymously regarding the allegation and for advice on what procedure to follow.

If the allegation relates to Church personnel you should refer this to the DLP who will follow the procedures for referral to Tusla, and An Garda Síochána.

In the Republic of Ireland and you are a Mandated Person (See 2.35) this will take the form of a joint report.

For additional information and guidance on how to interact with respondents (cleric and religious), please refer to Standard 4.