In October 2016 the Prior Provincial of The Friar Servants of Mary (Servites) in Ireland signed up to the Safeguarding Children: Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016. This Policy has been adopted by all constituent bodies of the Catholic Church in Ireland in December 2015 (Conference of Religious in Ireland and the Irish Missionary Union, the two foregoing now known as Association of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI) and the Irish Bishops’ Conference).
The Friar Servants of Mary (Servites) uphold the safety of children as paramount.
In October 2016 the Prior Provincial of The Friar Servants of Mary (Servites) in Ireland signed up to the Safeguarding Children: Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016 and procedures based on associated Guidance. This Policy was adopted by all constituent bodies of the Catholic Church in Ireland in December 2015.
In October 2014 we invited the National Board for Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) to audit our safeguarding policy and practice. The NBSCCCI published this review on Feb 10th 2015. A copy of the review can be downloaded here. Since then in accordance with the recommendations of the NBSCCCI Review Report, the Order has revised its safeguarding structure and appointed key safeguarding personnel. We renew our commitment to work in partnership with the NBSCCCI and civil authorities to strive towards the highest level of child safeguarding practices in all our Servite ministries and locations on the island of Ireland.
On behalf of the Servite Order, I apologise unreservedly for the hurt caused to persons by any of our friars and for their betrayal of the trust placed in them.
Anyone who may have safeguarding concerns regarding the Servite Friars is invited to contact our Designated Liaison Person (DLPs) whose contact details are provided elsewhere on this site.
Signed: Colm Mc Glynn OSM Provincial Delegate for Safeguarding in Ireland
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.
Details of Personnel to Contact if you are Concerned about the Welfare and Safety of Children
DLP: Elizabeth Manning: 00 353 87 3291928 (Designated Liaison Person/DLP for OSM)
Deputy DLP: Fr. Liam Tracey osm: 00 353 (0) 87 236 9382(Deputy Designated Liaison Person/DLP for OSM)
STATUTORY AUTHORITIES Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland
Gateway Team: Armagh and Dungannon Team, South Tyrone Hospital, Carland Road, Dungannon BT71 4AU. Tel: 028 8771 3506. http://www.hscni.net/
PSNI/ Police Service of Northern Ireland: Tel: 0044 (0) 845 600 8000 www.psni.police.uk
An Garda Siochána: Garda National Protective Services Bureau, Harcourt St. Dublin 2 in respect of clerical abuse notifications 01 666 3445 or 01 666 3438. Any Garda Station for other personnel. Child Sexual Abuse Free-Phone: 1800 555 222. www.garda.ie
Tusla: Central Clerical Reporting Office,2nd Floor, Unit4.5 Nexus Building, Blanchardstown Corporate Park 1,Ballycoolin, Dublin 15. Phone number: 01-8976888