Responding to Child Protection Suspicions, Concerns, Knowledge or Allegations
Guidance on reporting accidents
All accidents involving young people should be recorded using the Accidents / Incidents Form SG-05
Reporting Allegations of Abuse Guidance Document
Children occupy a central place in the heart of the Christian community. They have a right to be listened to and heard. The paramount consideration in all matters relating to children is their safety and protection from all forms of abuse. To create and maintain a safe environment, Church organisations must respond effectively and ensure all allegations and suspicions of abuse are reported, both within the Church and to statutory authorities. Under the law in Northern Ireland this responsibility is mandatory, similarly in the Republic of Ireland legislation requires mandated persons to report child protection suspicions, concerns, knowledge or allegations. Under Canon law, the Seal of Confession is inviolable (Guidance 2.1G).
Guidance on reporting allegations of abuse here
Forms used to report allegations of abuse should be obtained from TUSLA
The Children First Act 2015 places a legal obligation on certain people, many of whom are professionals, to report child protection concerns at or above a defined threshold to Tusla – Child and Family Agency. These mandated persons must also assist Tusla, on request, in its assessment of child protection concerns about children who have been the subject of a mandated report.
Information on Mandated Persons may be accessed here.