Statement by the Oblates (Ireland) in response to the review by the NSBCCI

The Report by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland on the review of Child Safeguarding Practice in the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (Ireland) was published on 2nd December 2015 and is available on the Oblate website. 

The review focus was on Child Safeguarding and in particular case management and prevention based on the NBSCCCI’s Standards.The review made a total of 3 recommendations for improvement in the area of safeguarding, including the induction of staff and volunteers, communication and the provision of information in relation to local statutory agencies. The review has endorsed the Oblates in the essential components of Safeguarding. The Oblates are committed to continuing to encourage the participation of children and young people and ensuring their safety in all aspects of their participation in the Parishes, Pilgrimage, Youth Service and other activities.

We apologise for the pain experienced by those who have been hurt by the abuse perpetrated by our members, and acknowledge the deep suffering of the survivors. We are committed to continuing to support survivors and their families now and in the future.

Help is available from the church funded counselling service  Towards Healing  Freephone Ireland 1800-303416 email:  
Towards Peace is a service which offers spiritual support for survivors of abuse by Church personnel. The service is for those whose faith has been damaged by abuse and who wish to continue their search for meaning and for God.
Phone: + 353 (0)1 5053028 or Mobile: + 353 (0)86 7710533

We encourage anyone who has not previously reported their abuse to come forward at this time.
The Oblates have a dedicated independent person to receive the reports, Suzanne Phelan Tel: 085 1146391.
Reports can also be made to the relevant statutory authorities  – Tusla the Child and Family Agency and the Gardaí.

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