Safeguarding Trust

Safeguarding Trust is the child safeguarding policy of the Church of Ireland and is accompanied by our Adult Safeguarding policy which seeks to protect and look after the best interests of vulnerable adults. For guidance and policies in relation to safeguarding, please visit the Safeguarding website. 

Responsibility for ensuring the implementation of Safeguarding Trust in each parish lies with the parish panel – the incumbent and two parishioners. During a vacancy, the Rural Dean assumes the position of incumbent. Any concerns regarding the welfare of a child should be reported to a parish panel member who will seek advice from the Safeguarding Officer and statutory agencies and if necessary make a referral to the statutory agency. 

The Safeguarding Officer for Northern Ireland is Gillian Taylor who is based with the central church offices in 18-22 Hill Street, Belfast. She can be contacted by telephone on 028 9082 8860 or by email at  

In the Republic of Ireland, the Safeguarding Officer can be contacted at 


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