Safeguarding Children

We in the Parish of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham value and encourage the participation of children and young people in all Parish activities that enhance the spiritual, physical, emotional and social development. We recognise the dignity and rights of all children and are committed to ensuring their protection and safety. In keeping with this, we will do everything in our power to create a safe environment for children and young people in order to secure their protection and enable their full participation in the life of the Church.

We have two CHILD SAFEGUARDING REPRESENTATIVES (Patrick Hanratty and Josephine Heffernan) who have been trained at the Diocesan Child Protection Service. Any one of them can be contacted through the Parish Office – telephone: 01 495 8695 – if you have any worries or concerns.

All complaints of abuse of any kind, sexual, emotional or physical, relating to Parish personal – priests, religious, employees and volunteers – can be made to our representatives at the above telephone number. Such complaints can be also made to the local Health Service Executive Office at Dispensary Lane through the Duty Social Worker (Phone: 01 493 6099) or to Rathfarnham Garda Station on Butterfield Avenue (Phone: 01 666 6500). Complaints can also be made to the Diocesan Child Protection Service in Archbishop’s House by contacting the Director, Mr Andrew Fagan (Office Phone: 01 836 0314 or Direct Line: 01 884 2599). www.csps.dublindiocese.ie

Other useful Telephone Numbers

Towards Healing (Freefone) 1800 303 416

Samaritan Helpline: 1850 60 9090

Childline: 1850 666 666

Emergency Numbers 999 or 112