This statement has been prepared to comply with the requirements of the Children First Act 2015 and is derived from Safeguarding Children Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016.


Statement
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 and volunteers) 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.

Nature of service and principles to safeguard children from harm
The Order of Discalced Carmelites as a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland exists to promote the teachings of the Catholic Church. This includes the following ministry with children, as defined in Safeguarding Children Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016:

  • Attendance by children at Church services;
  • Participation in pilgrimages.

As outlined in the Safeguarding Children Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016 we are committed to the following principles:

Mandatory reporting.
Each of us has a duty to notify the statutory authorities of suspicions, concerns, knowledge or allegations that a child is being or has been abused:

  • physically
  • emotionally
  • sexually
  • through neglect

Suspicions, concerns, knowledge or allegations may relate to possible abuse by a member of Church personnel, but they can also relate to incidents in the child’s family, or elsewhere in the community.

Caring for the welfare of all children and the adults who work with them.
Measures to create and maintain environments that are safe for children, that prevent abuse, and that create nurturing, caring conditions within the Church for children and the adults who work with them, will continue to be strengthened and reviewed. This will be done through training support, communications and quality assurance.

Responding appropriately to child protection suspicions, concerns, knowledge or allegations.
Anyone who brings any suspicion, concern, knowledge or allegation of current or past abuse of a child to the notice of the Church will be responded to sensitively, respectfully, actively and in a timely manner, in line with statutory child protection procedures and Church requirements.

All suspicions, concerns, knowledge or allegations that reach the threshold for reporting to the statutory authorities (apart from those received in the Sacrament of Reconciliation) will be reported to the appropriate statutory authorities. This will be done irrespective of the status of the person (lay, cleric or religious) who is suspected of having been abusive to a child. If the allegation relates to a lay member of Church personnel, in addition to notifying the statutory authorities, the allegation must be reported to the Church authority. If the allegation relates to a cleric or religious, in addition to notifying the statutory authorities, the allegation must also be reported to the Church authority and the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland.

All Church personnel will cooperate with the statutory authorities in all cases.
In responding to complaints of child sexual abuse relating to clergy and all those in forms of consecrated life, Church authorities will act in accordance with the requirements of civil law and canon law, and so will respect the rights and uphold the safeguards afforded in these, both to the complainant and respondent.

Caring pastorally for complainants and other affected persons.
Those who have suffered child abuse by Church personnel will receive a compassionate and just response, and will be offered appropriate pastoral care, counselling and support as they seek to rebuild their lives. An appropriate pastoral response to the family, parish, congregation or order and to the wider community will be provided, with due regard to the right of privacy of those directly involved, and to the administration of justice.

Caring pastorally for respondents and other affected persons.
This Church body in its response to suspicions, concerns, knowledge or allegations of child sexual abuse will respect the rights under civil law and canon law of an accused cleric or religious or other Church personnel. A legal presumption of innocence will be maintained during the statutory and Church inquiry processes. As the processes develop, additional assessment, therapy and support services may be offered to the respondent.

The Church authority will take responsibility for ensuring that any cleric or religious who is considered to constitute a danger to children is managed according to a risk management plan.

All requisite steps will be taken to restore the good name and reputation of anyone who has been wrongly accused of abusing a child.
Respondents belong to families and diocesan or religious communities. The Church authority will be mindful of the need to provide support to members of families and communities affected by the respondent’s changed situation.

Risk Assessment
The table below sets out the identified risks to the safety of children and young people involved in Church activities in the Order of Discalced Carmelites (O.C.D.) and the steps taken to minimise the risks of abuse.

 

Risk Identified Procedure in place to manage risk identified
Those that work with children are unsafe to do so

Procedures to meet Indicator 1.1 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from the safeguarding page on the Order’s website: www.ocd.ie.
Those that work with children behave inappropriately towards them

Procedures to meet Indicator 1.2 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from the safeguarding page on the Order’s website: www.ocd.ie.
Children who use our service do not understand the roles and responsibilities in place to encourage positive behaviour

Procedures to meet Indicator 1.3 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from the safeguarding page on the Order’s website: www.ocd.ie.
The environment in which work with children is facilitated fails to meet effective safeguarding practice Procedures to meet Indicators 1.4 and 1.8 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from the safeguarding page on the Order’s website: www.ocd.ie.

External groups who use Church property are unsafe to do so


Procedures to meet Indicator 1.5 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from the safeguarding page on the Order’s website: www.ocd.ie.
Those who wish to behave dangerously or unethically towards children are able to do so Procedures to meet Indicators 1.6 and 1.7 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from the safeguarding page on the Order’s website: www.ocd.ie.
Those who wish to exploit children through the use of digital media in our ministries are able to do so Procedures to meet Indicator 1.9 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from the safeguarding page on the Order’s website: www.ocd.ie.
Church personnel fail to report an allegation, suspicion, concern or knowledge appropriately Procedures to meet Indicator 2.1 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from the safeguarding page on the Order’s website: www.ocd.ie.

Church personnel fail to understand their
responsibilities to safeguard children

Procedures to meet Indicators 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from the safeguarding page on the Order’s website: www.ocd.ie. 
Children and their parents do not understand the Church’s policy, procedures and structure to safeguard children  Procedures to meet Indicators 5.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from the safeguarding page on the Order’s website: www.ocd.ie. 
The procedures for safeguarding children fail to be implemented  Procedures to meet Indicators 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from the safeguarding page on the Order’s website: www.ocd.ie. 
The Church authority fails to ensure the
appointment of a relevant person and maintain a list of mandated persons 
Procedures to meeting Indicators 1.1, 6.1 and 2.1 of the Child Safeguarding Policy available from the safeguarding page on the Order’s website: www.ocd.ie. 


Procedures

All procedures outlined in the risk assessment above are available at www.ocd.ie. The procedures listed above include the following:

  • Procedure for the management of allegations of abuse or misconduct against workers/ volunteers of a child availing of our service. This is part of Indicator 2.1 which is available from the safeguarding page on the Order’s website: www.ocd.ie.
  • Procedure for the safe recruitment and selection of workers and volunteers to work with children. This is part of Indicator 1.1 available from the safeguarding page on the Order’s website: www.ocd.ie.
  • Procedure for provision of and access to child safeguarding training and information, including the identification of the occurrence of harm. This is part of Indicators 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4 available from the safeguarding page on the Order’s website: www.ocd.ie.
  • Procedure for the reporting of child protection or welfare concerns to TUSLA. This is part of Indicator 2.1 which is available from the safeguarding page on the Order’s website: www.ocd.ie.
  • Procedure for maintaining a list of the persons (if any) in the relevant service who are mandated persons. This is part of Indicator 2.1 which is available from the safeguarding page on the Order’s website: www.ocd.ie.
  • Procedure for appointing a relevant person. This is part of Indicators 1.1 and 6.1 which is available from the safeguarding page on the Order’s website: www.ocd.ie.

Implementation
The Order of Discalced Carmelites is committed to safeguarding children through the implementation of Safeguarding Children Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016. This Child Safeguarding Statement and our practice supports our desire to keep children safe from harm while in our ministries. As part of our annual audit against the relevant indicators of the child safeguarding standards, we will review the effectiveness of our practice as outlined in this statement and will revise, as appropriate.

Signed:


   Michael McGoldrick, OCD

Date: 9 th March 2018

For any queries relating to this statement please contact Liam Lally on +353 (0) 86 831 2987 or
Fr Vincent O’Hara, OCD on 087 675 5850.

 

 

Review of Safeguarding Practice in the The Irish Region of the Anglo Irish Province of the Discalced Carmelite Friars (OCD) undertaken by The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland

(NBSCCCI) NBSCCCI Review report >>> here.

Statement of Discalced Carmelites in response to the NBSCCCI audit

Discalced Carmelites - Implementation of Audit Recommendations >>> here

 

Details of Personnel to contact if you are concerned about the Welfare and Safety of Children

Designated Liaison Person (DLP) of Discalced Carmelites in Ireland: 
Liam Lally  Mobile: + 353 (0) 86 8312987 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.com

or 

Deputy Designated Liaison Person (DDLP) for the OCD: 
Fr Vincent O’Hara, OCD: Tel: 087 6755850 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Police
An Garda Siochána
Child Sexual Abuse Reporting Line (Current and historical incidents - Open 24/7 all year round):
Tel: 1800 555 222
National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Harcourt Square, Dublin D02 DH42:
Tel: 01 666 3344


Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
Contact the police service on 101, the non-emergency telephone number, where you will be put in
contact with a specially trained police officer.
In any emergency situation dial 999


Child Protection Service:
TUSLA Child and Family Agency
Dublin South Central
Bridge House, Cherry Orchard Hospital, Dublin 10 Tel.076 6955749


Dublin South East
Unit 9, Nutgrove Retail Park, Churchtown, Dublin 14 Tel. 01 9213400


Galway
25 Newscastle Road, Galway Tel. 091 546235


Northern Ireland (Derry)
Local Social Service Gateway Team
Western HSC Trust - Tel: 028 7131 4090

 

 

Child Safeguarding Policy Statement of the Constituent Members
of the Catholic Church in Ireland

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 and volunteers) 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.


On behalf of this Church body, as part of the Catholic Church in Ireland, I commit to safeguarding children by agreeing to follow this Child Safeguarding Policy.

I will abide by and uphold the seven standards and the applicable indicators in our entire ministry and contacts with children.

Church Authority Signature

On behalf of the Anglo-Irish Province of the Order of Discalced Carmelites
Date: April 18, 2016

 

Order of Discalced Carmelites Children First Safeguarding Statement  >>> here 

Order of Discalced Carmelites Safeguarding Manual 2017 >>> here 

   

 

Details of Personnel to contact if you are concerned about the Welfare and Safety of Children

Designated Liaison Person (DLP) of Discalced Carmelites in Ireland: 
Liam Lally  Mobile: + 353 (0) 86 8312987 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


or 

Deputy Designated Liaison Person (DDLP) for the OCD: 
Fr Vincent O’Hara, OCD: Tel: 087 6755850 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.