Safeguarding Policy of the Catholic Church in Ireland

As a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland we recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children and are committed to ensuring their safety and wellbeing, and will work in partnership with parents/guardians to do this. We recognise each child as 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, volunteers and any other Church personnel) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment which supports their best interests and prevents abuse.

Fr Michael McGoldrick, OCD

Review of Safeguarding Practice in the The Irish Region of the Anglo Irish Province of the Discalced Carmelite Friars  (OCD) undertaken by The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI)  NBSCCCI Review report >>> here.

Statement of Discalced Carmelites in response to the NBSCCCI audit

Discalced Carmelites - Implementation of Audit Recommendations >>> here

If you have concerns about the safeguarding of children or vulnerable adults regarding a Discalced Carmelite priest or brother please contact:

Designated Liaison Person (DLP) of Discalced Carmelites in Ireland: 
Mr Tom O’Donnell: Tel: 087-2687209 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Deputy Designated Liaison Person (DDLP) for the OCD: 
Fr Vincent O’Hara, OCD: Tel: 087 6755850 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Other Contact Details:
The Safeguarding Coordinator for Training for the OCD is:
Sr Elizabeth Manning RSM: + 353 (0) 87 329 1928 
The Provincial of the Anglo-Irish Province is:
Fr Michael McGoldrick, OCD: +353 (0) 874168330
Department of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland
Derry Gateway Office - Whitehill, 106 Irish Street, Derry, BT47 Tel:  028 7131 4090
National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NSBCCCI) 
New House, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
Tel: 01-5053124; Fax: 01-5053026
Republic of Ireland
Tusla Child & Family Agency
Cora Kelly
2nd Floor, Unit 4/5 Nexus Building, Blanchardstown Coroporate Park, Ballycoolin, Dublin 15
Tel: 01-8976888
An Garda Siochána - Ireland 
Child Sexual Abuse Reporting Line
(Current and historical incidents - Open 24/7 all year round)
1800 555 222
National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Harcourt Square, Dublin 2, D02 DH42.
Tel: 01 666 3344
Towards Healing
Counselling Support - Freephone 1800 303416
Hearing impaired Text Line Number: 085 - 8022859
Address: PO BOX 5654, Dublin 14
Northern Ireland (Derry)
Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) 
Should you need to report any incident of child abuse contact:
  • The police service on 101, the non-emergency telephone number, where you will be put in contact with a specially trained police officer.
  • In any emergency situation dial 999


Local Social Service Gateway Team
Western HSC Trust - Tel: 028 7131 4090
Towards Healing
Counselling Support - Freephone 0800 0963315