Child Safeguarding

Policy Statement

Jesus said: “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matthew 18: 19-20)  Gathered in His name, we in the Parishes of Saggart/ Rathcoole/Brittas and Newcastle Lyons declare that we value and encourage the participation of children and young people in parish liturgies and in activities that enhance their spiritual development. We recognise the dignity and rights of all children and are committed to 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. This we do in accordance with the policies of the diocesan Child Safeguarding and Protection Service which can be read in full here.

If you have any concerns, please contact the following:

Child Protection Officers (as of May 2017)
Chris O'Reilly  (Saggart)          
Mary Clarke   (Rathcoole)                                                      
Eileen O'Connor  (Newcastle)  
Ciaran Dowling  (Newcastle)    

Archdiocese of Dublin Child Protection Service
If you wish to discuss a child protection concern, please contact
Mr Andrew Fagan (Director and Designated Person)
Tel: (01) 836 0314  (from outside Ireland: + 353.1.836 0314)

Tel.  01 7718500.    Email:

An Garda Siochana
Main Street, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin 01 6667900

For a full list of support services available, please click here.