Autumn 2020 Safeguarding Newsletter


Dear Friends,

I welcome this Safeguarding Newsletter in the Diocese of Cork and Ross as a way of highlighting the fact that the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults is central to the life and mission of the Diocese. Earlier this year a Review of Safeguarding by the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic
Church in Ireland stated that the safeguarding structure in the Diocese is ‘robust and effective’. The Reviewers concluded that there is full compliance with Safeguarding Children Policy and Standards within the Diocese of Cork and Ross. I wish to thank Ms. Cleo Yates, Diocesan Director of Safeguarding, the Diocesan Safeguarding Committee members, volunteer safeguarding representatives and parish clergy who continue to be vigilant as we work together to maintain the highest safeguarding standards in parishes and the Diocese.

✠ Fintan Gavin
Bishop of Cork and Ross


The month of October has always been the safeguarding month in the Diocese but how it is marked this year has changed because of Covid19.

Issuing a newsletter to the people of the diocese the Safeguarding Office of the diocese acknowledges that every other October the office would be dealing with people face to face.

“Normally we would be holding a safeguarding conference, sending out the yearly safeguarding parish audits, visiting parishes, training etc.”

Ms. Cleo Yates,
Director of Safeguarding

Ms Cleo Yates, Director of Safeguarding & Designated Liaison Person for the Diocese of Cork and Ross, says that “given these difficult times with Covid, things have changed and almost all our connection to the parishes is by way of online forms of communication, which brings its own challenges.”

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