In Ireland today
Each and every child is to be cherished and affirmed as a gift from God with an inherent right to dignity of life and bodily integrity which must be respected, nurtured and protected by all.
The Carmelite Order in Ireland asserts the right to dignity and safety of each and every child and is committed to promoting and ensuring among its members, employees and volunteers the protection and safeguarding of all children and young people.
It is the policy of the Order to do all in its power to create safe environments for children and young people so that they can participate appropriately and securely in the pastoral and social activities of our churches and friaries.
For the procedures to implement the Child Safeguarding Policy, the Order of Carmelites follows the guidance of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland available here.
Audit by National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland
On September 9, 2015, the Carmelite Order in Ireland published the Review of Safeguarding Practice within the Irish Province which was undertaken earlier in 2015 by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland. The full review is available here and the Order's response is available here. An update on the Order’s implementation of the Review’s recommendations can be read here.
Contact Details – Designated Liaison Persons and Director of Safeguarding
The Carmelite Order has personnel who are tasked with implementing in full the standards as set by the National Board for Safeguarding Children and all other statutory agencies and they may be contacted at the following numbers:
Fr Fintan Burke, O.Carm
087 667 8220
Deputy Designated Person
Ms Judy O'Grady
087 785 2624
Office of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCI)
Phone: 01 – 505 3124
An Garda Síochána
Sexual Crime Management Unit,
Phone: 01 – 666 3474/75/45/38
Tuslá – The Child and Family Agency
Contact the local area office
The following independent and confidential support helplines are also available:
Freephone: 1800 – 303416 Ireland
0800 – 0963318 U.K.
One in Four
Phone: 01 – 662 4070
Spiritual Support Service
Phone: 01 – 505 3028
Rape Crisis Centre
Phone: 1800 – 77 88 88
National 24 hour helpline
Relevant Documents from the Irish Province: