Sacred Heart Fathers' Child Safeguarding Policy

As a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, we 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. 

The Sacred Heart Fathers (Dehonians) commit to following the Child Safeguarding Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016. The Policy statement is detailed below.  In addition the SVDs have agreed to follow the Guidance set out by the National Board which can be found at

Details of Personnel to Contact if you are Concerned about the Welfare and Safety of Children:

Provincial Superior

Fr Hugh Hanley SCJ

Sacred Heart Fathers

St. John's

266 Wellington Road North

Stockport SK4 2QR


Tel: 07548 472268  

Province Child Protection Co-ordinator

Mrs Dawn Lundergan

Safeguarding Office

Cathedral Centre

3 Ford Street

Salford M3 6DP


Tel: 00 44 161 817 2206


Garda Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Investigation Unit

National Bureau of Criminal Investigation

Garda Headquarters

Harcourt Square

Dublin 2

 Tel. 01 6663430


Tusla Duty Social Worker

Child and Family Agency

Bridge House

Cherry Orchard Hospital


Dublin 10


Tel. 01 6206387



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