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Safeguarding Policy

Disciples of the Divine Master (PDDM)
Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures

Policy 
The Irish Delegation of the Disciples of the Divine Master is committed to promoting the safety, welfare and safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and takes all allegations, suspicions and disclosures of abuse very seriously.

Procedure
Children have the right to be listened to and heard, and in particular they have the right to a prompt and effective response to allegations of abuse and suspicions about their safety and welfare.  Our policy is to report these allegations and suspicions to the appropriate authorities using reporting procedures that meet all national legal requirements.

Contact Details
The Designated Safeguarding Officer for the Disciples of the Divine Master in Ireland is: 

Sr. M. Louise O’ Rourke, pddm
Divine Master Convent,
Newtownpark Avenue, 
White’s Cross, Blackrock,
Co. Dublin

Tel. 01-2114949

Each house or centre has a Local Safeguarding Representative.  Useful contact details are provided below including the contact details for the Provincial and the Local Safeguarding Representatives as follows:

TitleNameAddressTelephone
Delegation Superior Sr. M. Brid Geraghty, pddm Divine Master Convent,
Newtownpark Avenue,
White’s Cross, Blackrock,Co. Dublin
01 2114949
Local Safeguarding Representative Sr. M. Louise O’ Rourke, pddm Divine Master Convent,
Newtownpark Avenue,
White’s Cross, Blackrock,
Co. Dublin
01 2114949
Local Safeguarding Representative Sr. M. Kathryn Williams, pddm Divine Master Convent,
8 Castle Street,
Athlone, 
Co. Westmeath
09064 98755

Useful Child Safeguarding Contacts

The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church
New House, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Tel: (01) 5053124, (01) 5053124.

An Garda Siochana
Sexual Crime Management Unit
Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Investigation Unit
National Bureau of Criminal Investigation
Harcourt Square, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 6663474, (01) 6663474/75/45/38

Dublin Child Protection Social Work Services
Dublin South East Child Protection Services  Vergemount Hall, Clonskeagh, Dublin 6
Tel: (01) 268 0320 (01) 268 0320 Office Hours 9.00am to 1pm and 2.15-5pm

Outside office hours all child protection concerns should be referred to the Gardaí

The HSE operates an out-of hours Crisis Intervention Service in the Dublin area, which can be accessed by emergency services like Hospitals and the Garda Siochana outside of office hours.

Crisis Intervention Service
Office Hours
Tel (01) 838 7122 (01) 838 7122

Roscommon Child Protection Social Work Services
Social Work Team, Abbeytown House, Abbey Street, Roscommon, Co. Roscommon
Tel: (090) 662 6732

Social Work Team
Roscommon PCCC, Lanesboro’Road
Roscommon, Co. Roscommon (Roscommon Area)
Tel: (090) 663 7528, (090) 663 7529

Other services:

ServiceContactWebsite
Towards Healing Counselling

1800303416 Rep.of Ire.

08000963315 N. Ire.

www.towardshealing.ie
Towards Peace, Spiritual Support Service

00353 (0)1 5053028
00353 (0)1 5053028 Rep.of Ire.

Mobile 00353 (0)86771053300353 (0)867710533

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A copy of our Safeguarding Policy is available upon request by sending us an email.