Who to Contact  

The following are the people involved in this essential work in the Diocese of Killaloe:

Diocesan Director of Safeguarding and Designated Liaison Person

Ms. Cleo Yates
Tel. +353 86 809 6027

Cleo is originally from England, moving to Ireland in 2011. She is a qualified Social Worker having gained a Diploma and a BA (Hons) Oxon in Social Work. She has over 20 years experience in the fields of Child Protection, Mental Health and working with Offenders.

Cleo has worked for the Archdiocese of Dublin as their Child Protection Officer. She currently shares her working week with the Diocese of Killaloe, Diocese of Cork and Ross and Sisters of Mercy Southern Province.

Assistant Designated Liaison Person

Fr. Pat Malone
Tel. +353 86 809 6074

Fr. Pat Malone is the Diocesan Assistant Designated Person for Safeguarding and assistant to the Director of Safeguarding. He has been working with the Safeguarding Services of the Diocese since 2001.

He is a Parish priest in the Diocese and holds an MA in Psychotherapy from the University of Limerick.

Child Safeguarding Committee

Ms. Cleo Yates, Diocesan Director of Safeguarding and Designated Liaison Person
Fr. Pat Malone, Assistant Designated Liaison Person
Mr. Pat Grace, Clonlara Parish (Chairperson)
Mr. Sean Hayes, Killaloe Parish (Secretary)
Fr. Pat Larkin, Kilmaley Parish
Mr. Michael Culhane, Killaloe Parish
Tracy Murray, Teacher
Ms. Jennifer Moran Stritch, Diocesan Trainer
Mr. Joe Searson, Diocesan Trainer

Diocesan Trainers

Killaloe Diocese has a number of qualified trainers who provide training and support in all aspects of safeguarding children.

Ms. Jennifer Moran Stritch

Jennifer Moran Stritch has been a Child Safeguarding Trainer for the Diocese of Killaloe since 2014. In addition to her work with the diocese, Jennifer is a lecturer in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at Limerick Institute of Technology in personal development and therapeutic group work skills.

She also serves as the director of the Loss and Grief Research Group which is part of Social Sciences ConneXions research collective at LIT. Having trained as a social worker in her native Connecticut, USA Jennifer now lives in Clare with her husband and 3 children.

Mr. Joe Searson

Joe Searson has been a Child Safeguarding Trainer for the Diocese of Killaloe since 2005. Joe is also a Diocesan Advisor for the diocese visiting Primary Schools in relation to Religious Education across the diocese.

Joe trained as a school teacher in England and worked for 20 years in secondary schools in London. Joe returned to Ireland in 2002 and lives in West Clare with his wife and family.

National Office for Safeguarding Children

All Church organisations and personnel can access specialist advice about child protection issues through the National Office.

National Office for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland
New House
Saint Patrick’s College
Maynooth, Co.Kildare
Tel: +353 1 505 3124
Fax: +353 1 505 3026
Website: www.safeguarding.ie

Safeguarding Roles  

Director of Safeguarding

The Director of Safeguarding is appointed by the Bishop and reports directly to him. The role of the Director is to oversee all aspects of safeguarding and child protection in Church related activities throughout the Diocese of Killaloe. The Director will also provide professional expertise and support and coordinate the overall development of the service within the diocese.

Support Person

The role of the Support person is to assist anyone making a disclosure/ allegation of abuse.
This may include:

  • Enabling the person to liaise with the Designated Liaison Person (DLP).
  • Represent their needs during an enquiry/investigation.

The Support Person is appointed by the Bishop and will receive appropriate training.

Adviser

The Adviser is to be available to the person about whom a child protection concern, suspicion, disclosure or allegation has been made. The role of the Adviser is to represent their needs and assist, where appropriate, with communication with the Designated Liaison Person and the Diocese. The Bishop will appoint a panel of Advisors from clergy and lay, who will receive appropriate training and support from the Diocese.

Those who have harmed others are asked to face up to the reality of abuse. While not protected from the law, they should be treated with respect and dignity.

Designated Liaison Person (DLP)

The Role of the Designated Liaison Person is to hear any concerns or disclosures relating to safeguarding and to take responsibility for managing the responses to that concern or disclosure. The role includes;

  • Receive information about a child protection concern.
  • Report the concern received to the civil authorities (HSE / An Garda Siochana) and to National Office for Safeguarding Children without delay.
  • Explain the diocesan referral procedures to the person who has raised the concern.
  • Contact emergency or appropriate services where a child appears to be at immediate and serious risk of harm.
  • Inform the Bishop that a complaint has been made and make a recommendation to the Bishop about any immediate action(s) that may need to be taken.
  • Alert the Adviser to be on standby, without identifying the person complained against.
  • Make enquiries to identify the present and previous appointments of the person complained against in order to establish whether there are any previous concerns
  • Conduct an initial interview with the person complained against as soon as possible, nless the HSE / An Garda Síochána have requested that such an interview is deferred.
  • Prepare a written record of the interview that is agreed with the person complained against
  • Take the case if required to the Case Management Review Board for advice.
  • Follow the advice given by HSE / An Garda Síochána where a child protection concern has been referred to them.
  • Maintain a dialogue with the Investigating Officer or Social Worker to monitor the progress of the case and act on any advice given.
  • Ask for an update from the HSE / An Garda Síochána about the outcome of their investigations; this request should be made in writing.
  • Conduct an internal investigation under Canon Law at the conclusion or in the absence of any external investigation.

Parish Safeguarding Representative

The role of the Parish safeguarding Representative is outlined in Section 7.1 of the Killaloe Policy and Procedures Document.

Diocesan Safeguarding Committee

The responsibilities of the Diocesan Safeguarding Committee are outlined in Section 7.2 of the Killaloe Policy and Procedures Document.

Safeguarding Trainers

The safeguarding awareness programmes are delivered throughout the diocese by a number of trainers appointed by the Bishop. All trainers will have completed an accredited child protection programme. The role of the trainer is outlined in Section 4.3 of the Killaloe Policy and Procedures Document.

National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI or ‘National Board)

The National Board is independent in order to allow it to undertake advisory, audit and inspection functions. The National Board will produce an annual report, which provides data and commentary on the practice of Church organisations regarding the safeguarding of children. In particular, the annual report will contain summaries of the learning gained from reviews and audits carried out during the year to which the annual report relates.

The National Board has three main aims;

  • To offer advice on best practice in Safeguarding Children
  • To assist in the development of Safeguarding policy, procedures and practice.
  • To monitor practice in relation to Safeguarding Children.

HSE & Garda Contacts  

Local HSE Duty Social Worker Contacts

Duty Social worker can be contacted 9am-5pm
Clare Area Tel. +353 65 686 3907
North Tipperary Area Tel. +353 67 466 60
Offaly Area Tel. +353 57 932 2488
Limerick Area: Tel. +353 61 483 091

Outside of these hours in cases of emergency please contact An Garda

An Garda Síochána

Ennis Tel: +353 65 684 8111
Ennistymon Tel: +353 65 707 2180
Kilrush Tel: +353 65 908 0550
Killaloe Tel: +353 61 620 540
Henry St, Limerick Tel: +353 61 212 400
Nenagh Tel: +353 67 50450
Roscrea Tel: +353 505 24230
Thurles Tel: +353 504 25100
Birr Tel: +353 57 916 9710
For further information on local Garda stations – www.garda.ie

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