Safeguarding in our Parish

The Church of Our Lady Crowned – Upper Mayfield is part of the Catholic Diocese of Cork and Ross.

The Church of Our Lady Crowned – Mayfield value and encourage the participation of children and young people in all parish activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development.
We recognise the dignity and rights of all children and are committed to ensuring their protection and support.
In keeping with this we will work to do all in our power to create safe environments for children and young people in order to secure their protection and enable their full participation in the life of the Church.
The Parish Representatives will oversee the implementation of this with group leaders who work with children and young people in Church related activities.
We all share the responsibility for ensuring that our children grow up in an environment where they are respected and loved and are free from the danger of any form of abuse. Where children are involved in Church-related activities, the Diocese takes its responsibilities seriously. Our parish is guided by and audited by the Safeguarding Children Service of the Diocese of Cork and Ross.
The Diocese of Cork and Ross invites anyone with a child protection concern to contact the Diocesan Designated Officer, Ms. Cleo Yates on 087-3768599 or 021-4301717.

If you have a Safeguarding concern and wish to report it directly to the statutory authorities, the contact details are as follows:
H.S.E (TUSLA)                                      
North Lee Community Services, Blackpool, Cork.     Tel: 021/492 7000  
South Lee Community Services, St. Finbarr’s Hospital, Cork.    Tel: 021/492 3001
An Garda Síochana
Gardaí National Protective Services Bureau:  Tel: 01/6663430/01/6663435
Local Gardaí 021-4558510

National Church Policy
All the constituent parts of the Catholic Church in Ireland have one whole-church policy on safeguarding. It is the policy that guides our diocese and our parish in its safeguarding practises. You can download it here as a free PDF file.

Safeguarding Representatives
Our Lady Crowned Church – Upper Mayfield has a team of Local Safeguarding Representatives who have an important role in ensuring our parish’s compliance with the safeguarding policy. The members are volunteer parishioners who have undertaken training by the Diocesan Safeguarding Service. They are available to advise group and activity leaders and monitor parish activities that involve Children and Vulnerable Adults. 
They are:-
Redempta Furney
Marie Coakley
Margaret Walsh

Audit for Compliance
Our parish’s safeguarding practices are regularly reviewed and are audited by the Safeguarding Service of the Diocese each year.

Garda Vetting
It is the policy of the Diocese of Cork and Ross and of our parish — to have people who will have a direct involvement with children or vulnerable adults in our parish vetted by the National Vetting Bureau. This applies to a wide range of people. Read the Vetting Policy here.

Diocesan Director of Safeguarding
Ms. Cleo Yates, Email: Website: