Diocesan Policy Statement

The Diocese of Raphoe recognises and upholds the dignity and rights of all children, is committed to ensuring their safety and well-being, and will work in partnership with parents/guardians to do this. The Diocese recognises each child as a gift from God, and values and encourages the participation of all children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.

All diocesan personnel (including clergy, religious, staff and volunteers) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health, development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse.

Parish Safeguarding Children Committee

Members: Catherine McClafferty, Patricia Sweeney, Patricia McGroddy, Packie Doohan, Michelle Murphy

Contact Details: Parochial House, Church Road, Falcarragh, Co Donegal

Tel: 074 91 35196 Email: [email protected]


For policies, forms and updates, please visit the Diocesan Safeguarding Office website by clicking here


Useful Contact Details

Raphoe Safeguarding Children Office

Contact Details: Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Cathedral Square, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Tel: 074 912 5669 Email: [email protected]

If you have been abused in the past or have a concern about the welfare and safety of a child, please contact:

Designated Liaison Person, Margaret Northage:  086 2183011

or alternatively you can go directly to the Gardaí or Túsla who are the Child & Family Agency.

Other Contact Details

Gardaí National Protective Services Bureau:  01 6663430 or 01 6663435

Letterkenny Garda Station:  074 91 67100

Túsla – Child and Family Agency:  074 91 23672 / 074 91 23770

The following counselling & support services are available:

Towards Healing – is an independent organisation providing free professional counselling and support for people who have suffered clerical abuse.  Free counselling is also available for spouse/partner.  The service is offered in a safe and respectful manner and is appropriate to the person’s needs.  Freephone 1800 303 416

CARI (Children at Risk in Ireland) : Lo Call 1890 92 4567, they provide a professional, child centred therapy and counselling service to children, families, and groups who have been affected by child sexual abuse.

Rape Crisis Centre: 1800 77 8888  Samaritans:  116 123  One in Four:  01 66 24070