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The Diocese of Ossory:

  • promotes an ethos and approach which at all times give paramount consideration the welfare of the child/young person.
  • values and encourages the active participation of children/young people in the life of the Church in ways that enhance their physical, emotional and spiritual growth within the safe, secure and welcoming environment of their Faith community. Each person should feel valued, encouraged and affirmed;
  • recognises and upholds the fundamental right of the individual child/young person to be respected, nurtured, cared for and protected. These rights are embedded both in our Gospel values and civil legislation;
  • acknowledges and reaffirms its commitment to the care and protection of children/young people as ‘children of God’, with intrinsic dignity and irreducible worth;
  • believesthatChildProtectioniseveryone’sresponsibilitybutacceptsthatall those working with children/young people in Church ministries have a special duty of care towards them;
  • is committed to ‘Best Practice’ in the area of Child Protection, including the development of effective structures for safeguarding children/young people, for responding to suspicions or allegations of child abuse and for providing pastoral support and training for all Church personnel;
  • is engaging in a process of working towards a set of policies and procedures for those who have responsibility for the protection of children/young people in the life of the Church;
  • is willing to listen to children/young people and involve them, where appropriate in decision-making, promotes an ethos and approach which at all times gives paramount consideration to the welfare of the child/young person.
 
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