“Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs”. (Matthew 19:14)
Policy Statement for our Parish


Safeguarding is about creating the appropriate legal and pastoral conditions under which children can safely and happily participate in the life of faith in the Parish. The Safeguarding of children is the responsibility of all members of the parish community.


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, volunteers and any other Church personnel) 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.

All consent forms for children/parents/guardians/volunteers are available to download on the diocesan website:


The Parish Safeguarding Representatives collaborate with the Parish Priest in compiling the annual self audit, which is then forwarded to the diocesan Safeguarding Officer.


Safeguarding Children: The Parish of Johnstown/Walterstown has adopted and implemented the Meath Diocesan Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures.


Designated Contact Person-Marie O’Sullivan 083 3175742 Marie Willoughby


Parish Safeguarding Representatives: Carol Coogan 085-1916347 & Emer O’Connor 087-6778682