The Fourth Tranche of the Reviews of Safeguarding practice across the Catholic Church was released today by the seven Church authorities involved.
They were the Dioceses of Achonry, Kerry, Ossory and Down
& Connnor, the Archdioceses of Armagh and Cashel & Emly as well
as the Christian Brothers and the St Patrick’s Missionary Society.
brings the total of Church authorities reviewed to date by this process
“In the majority of cases the progress that has been made has been
heartening,” said Teresa Devlin, Acting CEO of the National Board for
Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI).
“However, this was not universally the case and we have undertaken to
work closely with those that have not met the required standards to
ensure that children are properly safeguarded.”
She went on to outline how the completion of 27 audit reports meant
that a significant portion of the work to be done had now been
“Our next tranche will see that last of the Dioceses being reviewed”,
said Devlin. “And, we will also be dealing with the larger religious
Congregations and Missionary Orders during 2014. Thereafter, many of
those organisations still to be audited will be small in terms of
membership and may have limited involvement with children – so we are
expecting such audits to be quite rapid.”
The audit of the St Patrick’s Missionary Society did demonstrate an
anomaly regarding Safeguarding Standards for religious organisations
whose headquarters may be in one jurisdiction but whose activity may be
carried out in a number.
“Our remit is to ensure that Safeguarding practice on the island of
Ireland meets the standards the church here has signed up to and those
match international best practice,” said Devlin.
“We have no remit
beyond these shores. At the same time, the standards for a missionary
society’s operations in other countries may well be set here. This is an
issue we will be discussing with our Sponsoring Bodies.”