The Diocese of Waterford and Lismore has launched an updated policy on the safeguarding of children which, according to Bishop William Lee, underlines the Church’s commitment to the protection of minors.
Speaking at the launch of the new ‘Policy on Safeguarding Children 2010’, Bishop Lee said the document was “a tangible expression of our commitment to safeguard children”.
The revised booklet is in line with the 2008 ‘Standards and Guidance document for the Catholic Church in Ireland’ which was published by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.
Addressing children and their parents, Bishop Lee said that the Diocese “is a safe environment for children”.
He added: “Young people, their parents and guardians will find it a welcoming, positive and encouraging place to worship, meet and work with others.”
A new Diocesan Safeguarding Children Committee has been established to develop greater child protection policies and procedures, with Avril Halley appointed as the Diocesan Safeguarding Co-ordinator.
Safeguarding representatives are now in place in each parish throughout the Diocese to ensure that the new policy is fully implemented.
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