Safeguarding Children

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.

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.

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:
Designated Person
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
Website:      www.safeguarding.ie

Statutory Bodies
An Garda Síochána
Sexual Crime Management Unit,
Harcourt Square,
Harcourt Street,
Dublin 2.
Phone:         01 – 666 3474/75/45/38
Website:      www.garda.ie

Tuslá – The Child and Family Agency
Contact the local area office
Website:      www.tusla.ie


The following independent and confidential support helplines are also available:
Towards Healing
Freephone:  1800 – 303416 Ireland
                   0800 – 0963318 U.K.
Website:      www.towardshealing.ie

One in Four
Phone:         01 – 662 4070
Website:      www.oneinfour.ie

Towards Peace
Spiritual Support Service
Phone:         01 – 505 3028
Email:           towardspeace@iecon.ie
Website:      http://towardspeace.ie/

Rape Crisis Centre
Phone:         1800 – 77 88 88
National 24 hour helpline
Website:      www.drcc.ie


Relevant Documents from the Irish Province: