Policy for Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk

crestSisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux
in Britain and Ireland

Policy for Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk

As Sisters of the Holy Family, we continue the mission of Christ, the Word incarnate: we affirm the dignity of all human beings made in the image of God, Jesus’ preferential love for the poor and lowly, and his desire that one day all God’s children be gathered together in unity.

As apostolic religious, we share in the missionary life of the Church. We are called to spread and strengthen the faith by what we say, what we are and what we do. (HFB Constitutions, #84)

In order to fulfil this mission today, Sisters are involved in many different ministries, several of which include working with children and adults at risk.

The Sisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux in Britain and Ireland are committed to the Safeguarding Policies of the Catholic Church in England, Wales and Ireland. We are guided by the procedures for good practice as outlined by the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service in the UK (CSAS) and the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI).

Our aim is to encourage and ensure best practice among all our members, and those working with them, in their ministry with Children and Adults at risk.  In other words, we are committed to protect children and adults at risk from neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, and to creating a safe and caring environment for all with whom we work.

Our Safeguarding representative will ensure that any allegations of abuse are promptly reported, that the statutory authorities which may become involved are given the fullest support, and that the person against whom an allegation is made receives appropriate care.

The Holy Family Sisters, therefore, in line with the policies enacted by the National Catholic Safeguarding commission (NCSB), are committed to observing the Safeguarding policies of the Catholic church in England and Wales We are committed to comply fully with the guidelines and procedures of the CATHOLIC SAFEGUARDING ADVISORY SERVICE (CSAS). The houses in England and Wales of the Holy Family Sisters of Bordeaux  are  aligned to the Diocese of Leeds Safeguarding Commission.

If you have any concerns about Safeguarding in relation to any Sister of the Holy Family of Bordeaux  in England or Wales we invite you to contact the following:

 Sister Maria Crowley:
Email: maria.crowley1@btinternet.com

Leeds Diocese Safeguarding Office
C/O Hinsley Hall,
62 Headingley lane,
Leeds LS6 2BX  0113-2618046

Email: safeguarding@dioceseofleeds.org.uk

www.csas procedures.uk.net  – to find out more about policies and procedures.
www.csas.uk.net  

In Ireland, the Sisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux are fully committed to safeguarding children in all our ministries and to following best practice in all our contact with children.  We have adopted in full the Child Safeguarding Policy and Standards of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

 Safeguarding Policy Statement

As a constituent member of the Catholic Church in Ireland, we recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children, are committed to ensuring their safety and well-being, and will work in partnership with parents/guardians to do this. We recognise each child as a gift from God, and we value and encourage the participation of children in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.

All Church personnel (including clergy, religious, staff, volunteers and any other Church personnel) have a responsibility to safeguard children through promoting their welfare, health and development in a safe and caring environment that supports their best interests and prevents abuse.

The Sisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux have adopted in full the Guidance provided by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) https://www.safeguarding.ie

Details of personnel to contact if you are concerned about the welfare and safety of a child:

DLP:   Brother Camillus – 0872244170
Email:
cregan45@hotmail.com

Deputy DLP: Colette Keegan – 01 6288459
Email: myrakeegan@gmail.com

Tusla, Child and Family Agency 01-7718500  http://www.tusla.ie/

 Police: Harcourt Square         016663430
 Child Protection Service         018566856

Gardaí National Protective Services Bureau 01 6663430 /01 6663435

 

May 2017