The Safeguarding Children policy and procedures document for the Diocese of Meath was first published in March 2010. In accordance with guidance from the National Board for Safeguarding Children, which requires that policy and procedures be reviewed periodically, I requested the Diocesan Safeguarding Children Committee to conduct a review.
The review was a comprehensive and positive effort. I am pleased that our safeguarding measures are updated in light of new documentation from the NBSC since 2010, the revised Children First Guidance (DCYA 2011), relevant existing and pending legislation, and from experience gained by implementing this policy over the past two years. The report of the HSE audit of safeguarding in the Diocese of Meath was also a valuable source in the review process.
A number of changes to our practices have been adopted arising from the review. These are incorporated into training and information sessions for clergy, parish safeguarding representatives and volunteers. In addition, suggestions made through the online and parish consultations have been considered and agreed by the Diocesan Safeguarding Children Committee and will be circulated in a forthcoming newsletter.
Most Reverend Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath