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Child Safeguarding Policy Statement of the Constituent Members of the Catholic Church in Ireland

As a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, we recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children, are committed to ensuring their safety and well-being, and will work in partnership with parents/guardians to do this. We recognise each child as a gift from God, and we value and encourage the participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.

All Church personnel (including clergy, religious, staff and volunteers) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse.

On behalf of this Church body, as part of the Catholic Church in Ireland, I commit to safeguarding children by agreeing to follow this Child Safeguarding Policy.

Church Authority Signature


On behalf of the Anglo-Irish Province of the Order of Discalced Carmelites:

Fr Jim Noonan, OCD Provincial

Date: May 31 2023

For the procedures to implement the child safeguarding policy, the Order of Discalced Carmelites follows the guidance of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland available at

Details of Personnel to contact if you are concerned about the Welfare and Safety of Children
Designated Liaison Person (DLP) of Discalced Carmelites in Ireland: 
r John Sheridan 

 Mobile: 00447708672660 Email:
Deputy Designated Liaison Person (DDLP) of Discalced Carmelites in Ireland 
Fr Vincent O’Hara, OCD: Tel: 087 6755850 Email:



Designated Officer for the Diocese of Derry: Marie Gormley 07596500793

Local Social Services Gateway Team Western HSC Trust: 028 7131 4090

PSNI: 101 (Non- emergency telephone number- you will be put in contact with a specially trained police officer)

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