Statement from the Irish Dominicans
21 November 2022

We, the Irish Dominicans, sincerely apologise to the children and young people who were abused by members of the Irish Province. We fully accept that this caused them long lasting hurt and distress. It is a matter of immense regret and shame to all of us that these young people were abused while in our care.

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Provincial's Foreword

We, the Dominicans of the Irish Province, together with staff and volunteers, will do all in our power to provide a safe and supportive environment for children and young people with whom we interact.

Over recent years the whole area of safeguarding has developed significantly. Our Safeguarding Office, in line with recommendations made by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland, (NBSCCCI) and in accordance with legislative changes, continues to ensure our safeguarding procedures are updated and all statutory reporting requirements are met.

Youth are the hope of the Church. As Dominicans, true to the vision of St. Dominic, we believe, with God's grace, together we can build a future, in a safer way.

Fr. John Harris, O.P.

Prior Provincial,
Dominican Province of Ireland

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We invite anyone who may have been abused by a Dominican, living, former or deceased, and who has never come forward to do so, in order that they can receive help and support.

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Dominican Province of Ireland

Safeguarding Children Policy & Procedure Handbook 2020

The purpose of this Handbook is not to replace the contents of the NBSCCCI National Policy and Standards but is to provide policy guidelines, operational procedures, and copies of the relevant forms to support its implementation.

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Safeguarding standards

The Dominican Province of Ireland signed up to Safeguarding Children: Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016, produced by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) in 2016.
As Dominicans we are committed to upholding these seven safeguarding standards.

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Three-Year Child Safeguarding Plan

The aim of the plan is to ensure the Policy and Standards are implemented in the Dominican Province of Ireland. This plan is reviewed annually or sooner as needed within the Dominican Province.

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Child Safeguarding Statement

The Dominican Friars of the Province of Ireland recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children, young people and vulnerable adults and is committed to ensuring their protection, safety and well-being.

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