Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures.


The Board of Management of Kilkenny Bereavement Support is committed to working in partnership with statutory authorities to ensure all aspects of child welfare are managed promptly, professionally and justly. We will adhere to statutory policy.


  • Our organisation – KBS – is committed to following best practice as specified by Children First guidelines as issued by the National Board for Safeguarding Children.


  • The Designated Liaison Person (DLP) is Padraig Mc Morrow


  • The Deputy Designated Liaison Person (Deputy DLP) is Mary O’Carroll.


  • In its policies, practices and activities, Kilkenny Bereavement Support will adhere to the following principles of best practice in child protection and welfare:


KBS will

  • Recognise that the protection and welfare of children is of paramount importance, regardless of all other considerations.
  • Fully co-operate with the relevant statutory authorities in relation to child protection and welfare matters.

  • Adopt safe practices to minimise the possibility of harm or accidents happening to children and protect volunteers from the necessity to take unnecessary risks that may leave themselves open to accusations of abuse and neglect.

  • Develop a practice of openness with parents and encourage parental involvement in supportin/counselling their children.

  • Fully respect confidentiality requirements in dealing with child protection matters.

This policy is available to all members of Kilkenny Bereavement Support and is available to parents on request. A Copy will be made available to Tusla if requested.

  • This policy will be reviewed by the Board of Management once a year.

At each Board of Management meeting the Chairperson’s report shall:

  • State the number of reports made to the HSE by the DLP, since the last meeting and shall not include any other details of these cases.

  • State the number of cases, since the last Board meeting, where the DLP sought advice from the HSE and shall not include any details of these cases and as a result of this advice no report was made, or Where there were no such cases at (a) or (b) above, state this fact.

  • The minutes of the Board meeting shall record the above.