What does Safeguarding mean in the Diocese of Down & Connor

The practice of Safeguarding within the diocese of Down &Connor refers to the wide range of services, plans and activities that are put in place to protect both children and adults from being exploited or harmed, abused or neglected in any way.

Safeguarding within our Church community is about making our Church a safe, welcoming and enriching place for children, young people and adults and those who may be at risk of harm. Although the Safeguarding Office may take a lead roll in outlining the key aspects of what needs to be in place to protect children and adults from harm, Safeguarding is very much a shared community responsibility which each and everyone of us has a part to play, whether that is reporting a concern about a child or adult or by simply volunteering in your parish in any of our Safeguarding activities.


The National Board for the Safeguarding children in the Catholic Church in Ireland


Down & Connor Safeguarding website


PSNI 101

Social Services – Daytime 02890507000

Social Services – Out of hours 02895049999

NSPCC Helpline 08088005000

Down & Connor Safeguarding Office 02890492798

Down & Connor Designated Liaison Person – Philip O’Hara 07534992124


Parish of Glenavy & Killead Safeguarding Committee

Maureen Loughan, Fr Colm McBride, Eileen Connon, Colette McCorry-Hotchkiss Matthew O’Brien