Safeguarding Committee
Chairperson: Amanda Stewart
Vice Chair: Fr. Peter Owens
Secretary: Sarah Dixon
Catherine Brock
Trea Allsop
Diane Law

What is Safeguarding?

Child Safeguarding Policy Statement of the Diocese of Down and Connor

The Diocese of Down and Connor, as part of the Catholic Church in Ireland, recognises and upholds the dignity and rights of all children and is committed to ensuring their safety and well-being, and will work in partnership with parents/guardians to do this. The Diocese recognises each child as a gift from God, and we value and encourage the participation of children in all activities which enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.

All Church personnel (including clergy, religious, staff and volunteers) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse.

Noel Treanor
Bishop of Down and Connor

Carrickfergus Parish Safeguarding

The role of the Parish Safeguarding Committee is to is to ensure that our parish is a safe and welcoming place for children, young people and adults at risk and a place of encouragement and support for all those working with them.

The work of the Committee is guided by the Policy and Standards set by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland and the Diocesan Safeguarding Office
Reporting a Concern

The Diocese of Down and Connor takes seriously all allegations, suspicions and concerns of child and adult abuse made against any member of clergy, staff or volunteer, and has in place a Designated Liaison Person (DLP) whose role is to provide a service which receives and helps manage all allegations of child abuse brought to the attention of the diocese.

Please click on the link below to access information which will explain how to report a concern.

Concerns about Children or Young People

Margaret Burke – Designated Liaison Person

Telephone: 028 90492798

Mobile: 07534 992124


Police/PSNI: 101or 999 in an emergency

Northern Health and Social Care Trust Children’s Social Services Gateway Team 0300 1234333 (9.00am-5.00pm) or 028 9049999 for out of hours emergency.

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000

NSPCC Childline: 0800 1111

Concerns about Adult Safeguarding or Adult Protection

Margaret Burke – Designated Liaison Person

Telephone: 028 90492798

Mobile: 07534 992124



Police/PSNI: 101or 999 in an emergency

Action on Elder Abuse: 080 88088141

Useful Contacts

Towards Healing

Towards Healing is a free, confidential helpline and counselling referral service, which is a Catholic Church response to abuse by clergy and religious.

Freephone: 0800 0963315


Towards Peace

Spiritual support for survivors of abuse by Catholic Church personnel in Ireland.

Tel: + 353 (0) 1 5053028
Mobile: + 353 (0) 86 7710533