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Safeguarding Children

The Diocese of Galway, Kilfenora & Kilmacduagh is committed to best practice in the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, particularly when involved in church-related activities. It is our aim to safeguard, respect and value the dignity and well-being of every child, young person, and vulnerable adult involved in church-related activities.

​​Child Safeguarding Statement of the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh & Kilfenora

Click to download

Brochure for Children & Parents

Click to download (PDF, 2.3 MB)

Garda Vetting

Forms:

E-vetting Invitation Form (NVB 1)

Parent/Guardian Consent Form (NVB 3)

Proof of Identity Checklist

The Garda National Vetting Bureau requires relevant organisations to verify the name, date of birth, and current address of the applicant, and to provide photographic ID. This means at least two different forms of identification, one of which must include the applicant's photograph.

Use of Public Service Cards as an identification document for Garda vetting:
Please be advised of an amendment to the 100 point identification check for Garda vetting. The Western Province Vetting Service can no longer accept Public Service Cards as a means to validate identity. However, a number of other identification options are available (see downloadable checklist above).
 

Guidelines:

Guidelines

Who should be vetted?

Western Diocese Vetting Office
Galway Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Arus de Brun, Newtownsmith, Galway
Phone +353-(0)91-575051
info@wpvs.ie

Director of Safeguarding

Mr Kevin Duffy
Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Newtownsmith, Galway
+353-87-6141736
+353-91-575053/565066
kduffy@galwaydiocese.ie

Safeguarding Office

Diocesan Pastoral Centre, 
Árus de Brún, 
Newtownsmith
, Galway
+353-091-575051
info@wpvs.ie

Office Hours
: Monday-Friday
 10:00 to 13:00
Administrator
: Ms Ita O'Mahony

Trainers
: Fr Michael Brennan
; Sr Aileen Murphy
Diocesan Designated Persons: 
Mr Kevin Duffy; 
Mrs Eileen Kelly (contact details below)

CHILD PROTECTION COMMITTEE

Phone: +353 (0)91 575051
Email: info@wpvs.ie

Child Protection Policy

Safeguarding Children: Parish Handbook (updated)

National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland

The NBSCCCI website is to be found at www.safeguarding.ie

Pope John Paul II Awards

Vulnerable Adults

Our policy on vulnerable adults (October 2019) may be downloaded here.

Have you a concern?

If you have a concern in relation to safeguarding of children, please contact one of our Diocesan Designated Persons, the HSE or the Gardaí:

Mr Kevin Duffy

Diocesan Pastoral Centre, 
Newtownsmyth, Galway
+353-87-6141736 

Mrs Eileen Kelly

Diocesan Pastoral Centre, 
Newtownsmyth, 
Galway
+353-85-1112660

HSE Galway
+353-91-546366

HSE Clare

+353-65-6863935

094-9042283 in Co. Mayo

Your local Garda Station

Emergency Services
: dial 999 or 112

"TOWARDS HEALING” A counselling and support service for survivors of abuse by clergy.
Helpline can be called on Freefone 1800 - 303416
www.towardshealing.ie

"TOWARDS PEACE" A spiritual support for survivors of abuse.
Phone (01) 5053028 or (086) 7710533
Email towardspeace@iecon.ie
www.towardspeace.ie

Forms

  1. Form SG-01: Application form for work in church-related activities
  2. Form SG-02: Declaration of workers in church-related activities
  3. Form SG-03: Safeguarding agreement form
  4. Form SG-04: Child & parental/guardian joint consent form
  5. Form SG-05: Accidents/incidents form
  6. Form SG-06: Hazard assessment form
  7. Form SG-07: External groups using church property form
  8. Form SG-08: General complaints form
  9. Form SG-09: Child protection referral form