Safe Guarding

Saul & Ballee Parish

Parish Safeguarding Committee

Fr Paul Alexander (PP)

Declan McGrady (Chair)
Teresa Mullan
Carol Campbell

Brenda Lundy

 Creation of the PSC 

The Diocese of Down and Connor is making great efforts to improve the standards of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. In order to ensure improvements were made a safeguarding office was set up for the Diocese of Down and Connor and was initially developed in 2003, from this the Diocese requested that each parish should have a Parish Safeguarding Committee (formerly known as Child Care Committees) and therefore a Safeguarding Committee was established in the Parish of Saul and Ballee. The ethos behind the establishment of Safeguarding Committees was to ensure that parishes were engaged in the promotion of safe child care practices and protection of vulnerable adults in all parish related activities involving children, young people and vulnerable adults with a shared responsibility between priests and laity.

Membership of Saul and Ballee Parish Safeguarding Committee 

The committee at present is made up of 6 members who are Fr Paul Alexander, Fionnuala Murray (chair), Rachel Hamill, Sonia Kinsella, Nuala Powderly and Joanne Burns. All committee members have attended the training required.

Role of the Parish Safeguarding Committee 

Our mission is to protect and safeguard the welfare of young children and vulnerable adults within our Parish and ensure that the correct procedures are in place to deal with any concerns about possible abuse. Our aim is to:

  • Provide clear guidance and instruction on how to report any suspicions of abuse.
  • Ensure appropriate training is provided (in accordance with the guidelines of the Diocese of Down and Connor) to all members of our parish who have contact with young children and vulnerable adults through their parish work.
  • Ensure correct vetting arrangements have been carried out and identify those who need to be vetted and help with forms etc.
  • Promote an ethos which will at all times gives paramount consideration to the safety and welfare of the children and vulnerable adults of our parish.
  • Ensure the parish is kept up to date will all guidance and practices from The Safeguarding Office and in line with Diocese procedures.
  • Ensure all groups using parish property meet with the guidance set out by the Safeguarding Office.

The Parish of Saul and Ballee, as part of the Diocese of Down and Connor takes seriously all allegations, suspicions and concerns of child abuse made against any member of clergy, staff or volunteer.

The Diocese has a Designated Officer whose role is to provide a service which processes all allegations of child abuse brought to the attention of the Diocese.

More information can be found on the parish guidance leaflet “what to do if you have a concern”


Points of contact if you have a concern:


0845 600 800

NSPCC Helpline:

0808 800 5000

Safeguarding Office:

cpodownconnor@gmail.com | 028 9049 2798

National Board for Safeguarding Children for the Catholic Church in Ireland:

00353 1505 3018

Regional Out of Hours Social Work Service: 5pm – 9am weekdays and 24 hours at weekends and bank holidays

028 9504 9999

Gateway to Children’s Social Work Service (Office hours)

Belfast HSC Trust:

028 9050 7000

Northern HSC Trust:

0300 1234 333

South Eastern HSC Trust:

0300 1000 300

Southern HSC Trust:

0800 7837 745

Western HSC Trust:

028 7131 4090


The Parish Safeguarding Committee does not investigate allegations and has no access to any confidential information. The role of the Safeguarding Office is to ensure that the Diocese’s procedures for safeguarding children and young adults are carried out within our Parish and that those working with children and vulnerable adults are given appropriate training and the correct vetting procedures are carried out. This is strictly conducted by the Safeguarding Office. The Safeguarding Committee can be contacted through the parish office.

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Welcome to Saul Parish, from the Irish sabhall phadraig meaning Patrick’s barn. It is claimed that when St Patrick came to Ireland in 432, strong currents swept his boat through the Strangford Lough tidal narrows, and he landed where the Slaney river flows into the lough. The local chieftan Dichu was quickly converted and gave him a barn, and it was here that St Patrick founded his first church in Ireland at Saul.

Nearby on the crest of Slieve Patrick is a huge statue of St Patrick with bronze panels showing scenes from his life. St Patrick was born near Dumbarton in Scotland in the year 387, died at Saul on 17th March 461, and is buried in nearby Downpatrick. Our church today is a modern church having gone through extensive renovations in 2008, and has 2000 families most of whom have very close ties with the church.

The parish is led by Fr. Paul Alexander pp. Mass is celebrated every day, and a full schedule of our mass times can be viewed on this website.

Saul & Ballee Parish