Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Clogher diocese hightlights issue of child welfare

Priests across the 80 churches of the Diocese of Clogher used their Sunday homilies at the weekend to highlight their ongoing commitment to child protection.

''We have developed a very comprehensive programme and we decided to set aside a designated day to inform people of the structures in place and to reinforce good practice in the diocese,'' said Pat Drury, the Diocesan Co-ordinator of Child Protection Training.

The diocese began a training strategy in 2004 which encompassed the Keeping Safe (KS) programme implemented by health authorities, in both the North and South jurisdictions of the diocese.

Two lay people qualified as KS trainers and were licensed to train parish volunteers.

Over 70 priests in the diocese have taken part in the ongoing KS training sessions, while 119 parishioners from 37 parishes have volunteered for the training.

Meanwhile, the Bishop of Meath has issued a document outlining the child protection structures in the diocese.

A Safeguarding Committee and an Advisory Care Management Committee have been appointed by Bishop Smith.

Three resource people will facilitate the training of Church personnel and each parish has been asked to appoint a representative to develop awareness of best practice in child protection.

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