REGIONAL MARRIAGE TRIBUNALSAFEGUARDING CHILD/VULNERABLE ADULT REPORTING POLICY
The Armagh Regional Marriage Tribunal complies with the Reporting Structure and Guidelines as outlined in the Child Protection Policy of the Diocese of Down & Connor (Northern Ireland), the National Safeguarding Standards and Guidance Document for the Catholic Church in Ireland and the Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policy and Procedures of the Diocese of Down and Connor (Northern Ireland). The Child Safeguarding policies are underpinned by the paramountcy principle, which safeguards the welfare of children and young people over all other rights and responsibilities, and by Gospel values. They make clear that every child must be protected and the policies are designed to create a safe and positive environment for children and show that the Church is taking its duty of care and responsibilities of society and welfare seriously. Similarly, best practice within Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults also requires a commitment to keeping vulnerable adults safe from harm and exploitation and upholding their rights.
REPORTING POLICYThe person within the ARMT who has overall responsibility regarding concerns, suspicion or allegation of abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult and issues regarding the safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults is currently the Judicial Vicar, the Reverend Joseph Rooney, JCL, Rev
Joseph Rooney JCL Judicial Vicar 511 Ormeau Road, Belfast, BT7 3GS Tel: +44 28 9049 1990, Fax: +44 28 9049 1440 email:firstname.lastname@example.org When an allegation or suspicion of abuse of a child or vulnerable adult, domestic violence or statutory offences such as a sexual assault is received (including historical allegations) and since the Tribunal complies with the Child Protection and Vulnerable Adults Policy and Procedures of the Diocese of Down & Connor, the Judicial Vicar delegates the responsibility of reporting to the Designated Officer for the Armagh Regional Marriage Tribunal (Mr Aidan Gordon, ARMT 15 College Street, ARMAGH BT61 9BT Tel. No. 028 37524537) Email: email@example.com
The role of this Designated Officer is to consult and liaise with the civil authorities as to the management of the allegation, namely; the reporting of a concern, suspicion or allegation to the Department of Health and Social Services / Police Service of Northern Ireland and/or Health and Social Care Trust /Health Services Executive / An Gardai Siochana and Diocesan/Order Designated Officers if appropriate.
Any member of the Tribunal personnel who receives a concern, suspicion or allegation of abuse, domestic violence and some statutory offences (e.g. sexual assault) will record the following information:
Name of the individual about whom the allegation is made and any other significant information.
Date & Time of the allegation.
Name and contact details of the person making the allegation.
A summary of the key information provided by the individual making the allegation.
It is important to remember that any member of the Tribunal personnel who receives information about potential abuse will not and should not investigate the matter but merely receive, record and report the information to the Designated Officer of the ARMT.
Any person making an allegation, whether petitioner, respondent and/or witness(es), should be aware that allegations of abuse which are not already reported or known or shared with the appropriate authorities will be referred to them without exception.
In summary, action takes the following shape and order:
Concern, Suspicion or Allegationreceivedin Tribunal [referred to] Designated Officer for Safeguarding ARMT
I confirm that I have read and understood the above Safeguarding Child Protection/Vulnerable Adult Reporting Policy of the Armagh Regional Marriage Tribunal and accept that if deemed appropriate, information of a safeguarding nature will be shared between the ARMT and the civil authorities.