Child Protection

Committee and Safeguarding Representatives

Child Protection Committee


Chairperson: Willie Keane
Secretary: Joan Halliden
James Sheahan
Fr. Francis Manning
Joan Sheahan Murphy
Breeda Daly
Willie Keane (087)-3505859
Joan Halliden (087)-6466920
James Sheahan
Designated Liaison Person (086)-0368999

Safeguarding Children/Vulnerable Adults Policy Statement

Newmarket & Taur Parish, within the Diocese of Cloyne, recognises and upholds the dignity and rights of all children/vulnerable adults[1] and is committed to ensuring their safety and well being. Each child shall be cherished and affirmed as a gift from God with an inherent right to dignity of life and bodily integrity which shall be respected, nurtured and protected by all. Everyone in the Church has an obligation to ensure that the fundamental rights of children are respected.The diocese and the parish value and encourage the participation of children in all parish liturgies and in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.

Above all, both the diocese and Newmarket & Taur Parish recognise the need to safeguard children and aim to do this in a way that promotes their human dignity, integrity and worth as children of God.

The diocese recognises that, while safeguarding children is primarily the responsibility of parents, it is indeed everyone’s responsibility. In particular, all involved in working with children have a special duty of care towards them. The diocese has committed itself to putting procedures in place through which this care is put into effect.

The parish of Newmarket & Taur is committed to implementing fully, the safeguarding children policy of the Diocese of Cloyne. Full adherence to every aspect of the diocesan policy, to its principles, guidelines, procedures and codes of conduct etc, is a requirement for all church personnel who are engaged in working with children in this parish. The children are also obliged to adhere to the codes of behaviour, guidelines and procedures of the policy.


Fr. Francis Manning


[1] The policies, guidelines, procedures etc contained in this parish’s safeguarding children policy, apply to vulnerable adults as well as to children.


Safeguarding Children/Young Persons in the Parish

The Parish Priest has the overall responsibility for Child Safeguarding in the Parish and a Parish Safeguarding Children Committee is in place to assist the Parish Priest in this very onerous task. The Committee meets four times a year to ensure that National/Diocesan/Parish Safeguarding Policies and Directives are implemented, to monitor parish activities involving children & young persons and to adhere to best practice with regard to safe recruiting and vetting procedures for volunteers and staff who interact with children and young persons.


There are three fully trained Parish Safeguarding Representatives available in the event of a concern or complaint. These Representatives will ensure that any concern or complaint brought to their attention is forwarded for full and proper investigation. The names and contact details of the Safeguarding Representatives are displayed in the dedicated notices boards in both Churches and Parish Hall. The contact details of the Designated Liaison Person (Diocese of Cloyne), Child & Family Services (TUSLA) and Gardai are also on display as is the Child Friendly Poster.


Our aim is to promote the safety and well-being of our children and young persons who are involved in Parish activities – we all have a responsibility in this regard.