Child Safeguarding


SUNDAY, 24th of SEPTEMBER, 2017

 This weekend marks  Diocesan Safeguarding Sunday and the Parish Safeguarding Team would like to congratulate and thank all of the Parish Clergy, Volunteers and Staff Members who participated in the Diocesan Child Safeguarding & Protection Training in Sandyford Parish and elsewhere in the Diocese during 2017.

Good safeguarding practice is integral to the many and varied ministries in our parish. It is not an optional extra. Sandyford Parish has been highly praised by the Diocesan Child Safeguarding & Protection Service for the way in which our parish’s Volunteers, Clergy and Staff Members have embraced safeguarding procedures and good practice guidelines to ensure that measures are in place to keep children and vulnerable adults participating in parish activities safe.

 The Child Safeguarding & Protection Statement for the Archdiocese of Dublin is displayed in each of our Parish Churches.


The Archdiocese of Dublin and the Parish of Sandyford, Kilternan and Glencullen
value and encourage the participation of children and young people in parish liturgies and in Diocesan activities in order to enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.  We recognise the dignity and rights of all children and are committed to ensuring their protection from all forms of abuse.

This is a commitment binding on all priests and on those who work in our Diocesan offices and agencies, and in our parishes.  It extends to all the many and varied ways that children share in the life of the Church in our Diocese.

Contact numbers for reporting child safeguarding concerns:

  • The Diocesan Designated Person Mr. Andrew Fagan (01-8360314)
  • The Duty Social Worker of the Child and Family Agency Tusla in
    Leopardstown Primary Care Centre ( 01 2996600)
  • Dundrum Garda Station (01 6665600)

Other useful numbers:

  • Towards Healing, a Support Service funded by the Catholic
    Church for Survivors of Institutional, Clerical and Religious Abuse (1800 303416)
  • Childline                                                                                                    (1800 666666)

 Our current Child Safeguarding representatives for the parish are

Ms. Gillian O’Dwyer
Ms. Lucy Shepard

(Each parish has at least two Safeguarding Representatives who are responsible for the promotion of best practice and compliance with the requirements of Safeguarding Children at parish level.)


Child Safeguarding and Protection Policy and Procedures can be accessed on theDublin Diocese Official Site Here

Useful resources for Child safeguarding

The  Diocesan Safeguarding Committee and the Child Safeguarding and Protection Service provide additional services and resources (policies and procedures, information on making complaints, news, resources, training and support) for clergy, parish staff and volunteers. For access to these resources please click on the following link: