Carmelite Order Statement

The Carmelite Order in Ireland on September 9, 2015, published the Review of Safeguarding Practice which was undertaken earlier this year by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland.
We had invited the National Board to audit the Order’s Safeguarding Policy and Practice. We would like to acknowledge the professionalism of the fieldwork team, and express our thanks to Ms Teresa Devlin CEO and members of the National Board, the Review Panel and all who worked on the published report. The Order accepts the findings of the Review and its recommendations. (The full Review can be accessed here.)

The Carmelite Order is very aware of the great personal damage experienced by those who have been abused, and especially when such abuse was perpetrated by those in positions of trust.  The allegations relate to a period from the mid-1940s to the early 2000s. We acknowledge that some members of the Order carried out such abuse in the past, and we unreservedly apologise to those who have been affected.

The Review makes four recommendations on aspects of our Safeguarding procedures. These recommendations include the development of an anti-discriminatory policy and the updating of the communications policy. We will be implementing all four recommendations in the coming months. We are also determined to ensure that current and future practice in the safeguarding of children will meet to the highest level the standards set by the NBSCCCI and the Statutory authorities. These recommendations are listed below.

The Carmelite Order in Ireland recognises the importance of the dignity and safety of each and every child and we are committed to promoting and ensuring among our members, employees and volunteers the protection and safeguarding of all children and young people with whom we engage.

We are encouraged that the reviewers recognised the commitment and efforts made by the Order in all aspects of child safeguarding.  They acknowledged the work we have done in putting in place policies and procedures which will do everything possible to create an environment for the safety of children and young people.

If anyone is affected by the content of this report, please be aware that we are willing to meet with them or with anyone who has suffered abuse or who may have safeguarding concerns regarding the Carmelite Order.

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.
They may be contacted at the following numbers:
Designated Liaison Person:                Fr Fintan Burke        087-6678220
Deputy Designated Liaison Person:        Judy O’Grady        087-7852624

On behalf of the Carmelite Order,
Fr Richard Byrne, O.Carm.,
Prior Provincial.