Child Safeguarding Policy Statement of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Ireland

As a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, the Salesians of Don Bosco Ireland recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children, are committed to ensuring their safety and well-being, 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 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.

Download and read our A One-Church Child Safeguarding Policy Statement of the Salesians of Don Bosco in Ireland (Updated: September 2018)

Download and read Safeguarding Children Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland

Download and read Salesians Safeguarding Statement 2018
(Published: 28 February 2018)

Download and read NBSCCCI review of Child Safeguarding Practice
(Published: 9 September 2015)

Download and read Audit recommendations actions

For the procedures to implement the child safeguarding policy, the Salesians follow the guidance of the guidance of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland, available here:

Safeguarding Children Services & Support

Salesian Designated Child Safe Guarding Officer in Ireland:

Mr. Philip Mortell,
Salesian House,
Don Bosco Road,
Co. Limerick.
Mob. 087 225 24 15

If you have a safeguarding concern or wish to raise a matter from the past you may contact any of the following:

An Garda Síochána:
Divisional Headquarters,
Henry St,
Tel. 061-212 400
Dedicated Confidential Freephone line:
 1800 555 222

Garda Victim Liaison Officer
Garda Headquarters,
Harcourt Square,
Dublin 2.
Tel. 01 666 3344

Health Services Executive:
Area Managers Department,
HSE Building
Ballycummmin Av,
Raheen Business Park,
Tel. 061-482792

TUSLA – Child and Family Agency:
Block D, Park Gate Business Centre,
Park gate Street,
Dublin 8.
Tel. 01 635 2854

National Board For Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland:
St Patrick’s College
Co. Kildare.
Tel. 01 505 3124


Support for those who have been abused is also available from…

Toward Healing Helpline (formerly Faoiseamh)
The Churches free confidential counselling service.
Tel. 1800 303 416

HSE National Adult Counselling Service for Survivors of Childhood AbuseTel. 1800 234 115.

Free phone counselling service for any adult who has experienced abuse, trauma or neglect in childhood. The service is also available to partners or relatives of people with these experiences. Connect is an out of hours service available Wed- Sun from 6 – 10pm
Tel. 1800 235 235


Support for Children & Young People is available from…

Part of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Tel. 1800 666 666

The Samaritans
Offers confidential non-judgemental emotional support to those living with feelings of despair.
Tel. 1850 609 090

Provides practical and professional supports to bring hope into situations where hope is sometimes lost. Tel. 1850 222 300

For those living with depression.
Tel. 1890 303 302

Rape Crisis Centre
Preventing and healing the trauma of rape and sexual abuse.
Tel. 1800 311 511

Offers support to people who are suicidal or those who have been bereaved by suicide.
Tel. 1800 201 890

The Eating Disorder Association of Ireland
Tel. 1890 200 444