The need for clarity in child-protection measures is a challenge that must be met, a Catholic bishop has said.
Bishop of Down and Connor Noel Treanor said a key message of a North-South ministerial conference on safeguarding children was the need for a ‘joined-up’ approach.
He said: “Compliance with our policies and procedures is essential, but ensuring that everyone understands them is where the real challenge lies.
“Owning the problem, sharing our learning, promoting early intervention and keeping children the central focus were undoubtedly the key messages from the conference.”
He added: “What does this mean for us as a Church dealing with the tragedies and mistakes of our past and our struggles to ensure that our practices are sound and child-focused?
“I think it is timely for us as a Church to hear and to learn lessons.”