Safeguarding in our Diocese

If you have a child safeguarding concern or wish to raise a matter from the past you may contact:

Ms Kathleen Sherry
Director of Safeguarding
Designated Liaison Person

Phone: 085 8021633


Mr Cathal Cullen
Deputy Designated Liaison Person

Phone:  087 100 0232


Ms Rose Brophy
Deputy Designated Liaison Person

Phone:  087 331 4330

Towards Healing  is a counselling and support service for survivors of institutional, Clerical and Religious abuse, funded by the Catholic Church.

Towards  Peace offers spiritual support to survivors of abuse by Church personnel. The service is for those whose faith has been damaged by abuse and who wish to continue their search for meaning and for God

Civil Authorities

Tusla – Child & Family Agency

  • Kilkenny area –  052 617 7302
  • Laois, Offaly –  044 935 3997

Garda National Protective Services: 
01 666 3430 / 35

Other Support Services

Diocese of Ossory

As a constitute member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, we recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children, are committed to ensuring their safety and well-being and will work in partnership with parents/guardians to do this. We recognise each child is a gift from God, and we value and encourage the participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.

All Church personnel (including clergy, religious, staff and volunteers) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse. The Diocese of Ossory is also committed to providing a safe environment for adults who may be vulnerable.

National Safeguarding Policy Document (download here)

The implementation of this policy is based on the application of a set of seven standards which must be applied by all Church personnel in their own sphere of activity. These standards represent the expected level of performance all parts of the Church should reach.

Diocesan Child Safeguarding Statement (download here)

This statement has been prepared to comply with the requirements of the Children First Act 2015 and is derived from Safeguarding Children Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016.

Seven Safeguarding Standards

For the effective implementation of the Seven Safeguarding Standards a supporting Guidance Manual has also been produced

The seven standards are designed to ensure up-to-date ‘best practice’ in all aspects of Child Safeguarding and is the policy adhered to by all Church Personnel in the Diocese of Ossory.

Maintaining Training Community

Standards 1, 5, 6

Section 1
Recognising Responding Reporting

Standards 2, 3, 4

Section 2

Standard 7

Section 3
Forms Templates

Standards 1-7

Section 4

Safeguarding Personnel Diocese of Ossory

Designated Liaison Person
Geraldine Butler 
Tel. +353 87 100 0232

Diocesan Director of Safeguarding
Sr Ena Kennedy
Diocesan Safeguarding Office
Waterford Rd, Kilkenny
Tel 087 1953 850

Diocesan Safeguarding Committee
Ms Mary Mescal (Chairperson)
Ms Eithne  McKenna (Secretary)

Safeguarding Committee contact person:
Sr Ena Kennedy

Queries regarding child protection concerns or allegations should be directed to the Diocesan Designated person using the contact details above.

National Safeguarding Agencies

All Church organisations and agencies can access specialist advice about Child Protection issues through the National Office for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland:

New House, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare.
Tel: +353 1 505 3124
Fax: +353 1 505 3026

TUSLA – Child and Family Agency  1800 234 115
Kilkenny:  + 353 56 778 4713
Waterford:   +353 51 305 300
Laois/Offaly: +353 44 939 5019 /5020
Outside of these hours in cases of emergency please contact:

An Garda Síochána
Kilkenny: + 353 56 777 5042
Laois/Offaly: + 353 57 8674 1000
Waterford: + 353 51 305 300
For further information of local Garda stations here

Other Safeguarding contact details are available from the Appendix D section of the Policy Guidelines Document

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