Safeguarding Children is observed during the training of altar servers, their participation in the choir, and their reading of the prayers of the faithful. The members of the Parish work to create an atmosphere of respect and courtesy with all.

Policy Statement

The Diocese of Elphin is committed to best practice in the area of Safeguarding Children. As a faith community we the laity, the religious, the priests and the Bishop of the Diocese value and encourage the participation of children and young people in all Church liturgies and parish activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional and social development. We appreciate the generous service of the adults who facilitate such participation and respect their integrity.

Each child/young person is a gift from God and has an inherent right to dignity of life and bodily integrity, which must be respected, nurtured and protected by all. We recognize the dignity and rights of every child/young person and are committed to ensuring their safety and well-being.

The welfare of the child must always be paramount. We acknowledge that all who work with children/young people have a special duty of care towards them. Leaders must create a safe environment for children/young people in order to secure their protection and enable their full participation in the life of the Church.

Reporting Concerns

If you have a child protection concern or wish to report an allegation of child abuse please contact one of our Diocesan Designated Liaison Persons who are responsible for receiving/managing concerns and complaints relating to safeguarding children that involve church personnel.

Designated Liaison Persons

Mrs. Mary Nicholson                Tel: 086 3750277
C/O St. Mary’s, Sligo.

Ms Helen Diskin,                       Tel: 087 0516888
C/O St. Mary’s, Sligo.

Alternatively if you wish to report directly to the statutory authorities please contact the Child and Family Agency’s Duty Social Worker or the Local Garda Station.

An Garda Síochána Confidential Service      Tel 1800 666 111

For further information on diocesan policy and procedures in relation to safeguarding children contact Mr. Frank McGuinness, Director of Youth Ministry and Safeguarding Children, St. Mary’s Sligo.

Tel: 087 9880690 or 071 9162670