Provincial Message

Provincial Message

I am very pleased to introduce our Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedure Handbook 2020. It is designed to assist and facilitate the implementation of best practice in safeguarding in all our ministry with children and young people in the Irish Dominican Province.

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. 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.

Each of us has an important role to play in creating and maintaining an environment in which children and young people can grow and flourish, safely, whilst helped to achieve their potential.

The key principles and values which we want to promote and live out when we implement these policies and procedures, are

  • Children and young people must be cherished, kept safe and helped to achieve their potential
  • Recognising that children and young people are an integral part of the life of our Church
  • When we are concerned for the safety and welfare of a child or young person, we know what to do and how to respond.

We must never become complacent in our ministry with children and young people, and it remains a top priority for all of us involved in the work and life of the Irish Dominican Province.

With the launch of the Handbook, I am now confident that every Dominican, Dominican community, staff-member and volunteer who works in the Irish Province (except those who work in institutions which have their own policies and guidelines informed by statutory regulations and/or governing bodies, for example, schools) adheres faithfully to these procedures as laid out in the Handbook.

I am very grateful to the members of the Dominican National Child Safeguarding Committee, who generously give of their time, energy and expertise to ensure that our safeguarding standards, policies and procedures are updated and communicated throughout the Province.

Fr. Gregory Carroll, O.P.

Prior Provincial,
Dominican Province of Ireland