The Diocese of Achonry, in partnership with the six Diocese of the Western Province have just published a Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at risk of abuse policy and procedures for Clergy, Religious, staff and volunteers. This second edition of our Vulnerable Adults Policy outlines the procedures to be followed in order to ensure the safeguarding of vulnerable adults by acting in their best interests. These guidelines adhere to current best practice and guidance in the Republic of Ireland. They should be read in conjunction with the Diocesan Child Safeguarding Policy & Procedures, both of which are available on the Diocesan website achonrydiocese.org.
The policy has two related objectives. It is intended:
- To set out the basic principles and best practice to be followed by all clergy, staff and volunteers who participate in the mission of the Diocese or the services we provide. The code of practice reflected in the document is designed not only to safeguard vulnerable persons, but also to safeguard those who minister to them in our parish communities
- To raise the level of awareness among all who are involved in the ministry of the Church, so that any abuse of vulnerable persons is more likely to be noticed and reported to the appropriate authorities.
Safeguarding Trainers will provide training to all Clergy, Religious, staff and volunteers who minister or work with Vulnerable Persons in 2021. For further enquiries please contact the Diocesan Office on 094-9860034.