The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SVP) is committed to creating a safe, healthy and inclusive environment for all, particularly, the children, young people and vulnerable adults whom we assist. We are committed at all times to ensuring their safety and welfare through upholding children’s rights specifically and human rights generally.
Our National Co-ordinator for Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection, Mandy Nordell, is available to provide information and advice through our National Office at 01 8386990.
We endeavour to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults by:
- Reporting concerns to Statutory Authorities who need to know and involving parents, carers, children, young people and vulnerable adults appropriately;
- Sharing information about child and vulnerable adult protection and good practice with children, young people, vulnerable adults, parents, carers, members, auxiliary members and employees;
- Recognising the welfare of the child is of paramount importance;
- Recognising the risks posed to vulnerable adults;
- Adopting child and vulnerable adult protection guidelines through a code of conduct for members, auxiliary members and employees;
- Following carefully the procedures laid down for the recruitment and selection of members, auxiliary members and employees;
- Providing for members, auxiliary members and employees through, supervision, support and training.
All our volunteers and staff engage in a rigorous recruitment and selection process prior to having access to children, young people or vulnerable adults. This includes:
- Completing a written application form
- Signing a declaration stating that there is no reason why they would be considered unsuitable to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults
- Providing photo identification (passport / driving license) which verifies their, identity, name and DOB.
- Attending for interview
- Providing references
- Undergoing Garda Vetting
To view SVP National Policy and Procedures for the Protection and Welfare of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults click here
Need Help? Designated Liaison Persons
In order to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults we have appointed a Designated Liaison Person in each of our Regions. This person is specially trained to respond to any queries in relation to abuse, welfare and protection from our membership, those whom we assist and the general public. They can be contacted at the following numbers:
|South East Region
||David O Neill
||Padraig Mc Carthy
||Maria O Donohue
|Mid Western Region
|North East Region
|North West Region