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National Office staff will facilitate three inductions sessions in each ecclesiastical provincial area in the coming months.

Session 1:Those Church bodies who have ministry with children

Session 2: Those Church bodies who do not have ministry with children but are managing allegations

Session 3: Those Church bodies who do not have ministry with children and are not managing allegations.

The Safeguarding Office has now published a special edition newsletter giving an update on the process of revising the safeguarding standards.  You can download the newsletter by following the link below

Special Edition Newsletter


Guidance on Leave and Restriction from Sacred Ministry and Apostolate for Clergy and Religious

Guidance Document

This document has  been produced by the National Board following an extensive consultation process.  It represents guidance rather than direction for the Church. It does not diminish the authority of the Ordinary in anyway with regard to the management of these important issues. It has been produced to provide help to the decision making that has to be undertaken when matters of this nature arise.

Recording Guidance

documents1.0 Introduction

Good record keeping is an integral part of safeguarding children within the Catholic Church; it should not be considered as an optional extra. There are many reasons why all those involved in safeguarding children should keep good records. These include: helping to improve accountability; showing how decisions relating to safeguarding children are made; supporting effective assessments, providing documentary evidence of actions taken and helping to identify risks, and demonstrating how those risks have been managed. Good Record Keeping also helps to safeguard the rights of all concerned.