The preaching of the Gospel is at the heart of our charism and the integrity of our preaching requires the protection of the ‘little ones’ (Mk 9.36-37). It is the policy of the Dominican Province of Ireland to do everything in our power to safeguard the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults to whom we minister or with whom we share our lives. We recognise each child, young person and vulnerable adult as a gift from God, and we value and encourage their participation in all activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.
Knockadoon Youth Camp as a ministry of the Dominican Province of Ireland is fully committed to implementing the Safeguarding Children Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland (2016). The Camp’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy guidelines operate in accordance with the Children First Act, 2015 and the Children First, National Guidelines for the Protection and Welfare of Children (2017).
The trustees, management and staff of Knockadoon Dominican Youth Camp are fully committed to safeguarding the well-being of all young people who come to Knockadoon Camp on holiday and/or to participate on a course. All staff and volunteers must at all times show respect and understanding for the rights, safety and welfare of all children and young people, conduct themselves in a way that reflects the morals and principles of the Christian way of life and the value expressed in the motto of the Dominican Order: Truth.
The Camp Director, presently fr Damian Polly OP, will ensure that all external agencies involved in Knockadoon Youth Camp have been provided with copy of the Camp’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy document. The Camp Director, where appropriate, must also assure himself that he is satisfied that all other services using the Camp have signed the relevant form, prior to using the Camp, stating that they have their own Child Safeguarding Policy and Procedures and insurance.
The Knockadoon Safeguarding Policy and Procedures 2019 document replaces and supersedes all and any policy issued by the Camp to date, in relation to children and young people using Knockadoon Dominican Camp. It is also to be read in conjunction with the Knockadoon Child Safeguarding Statement (see Appendix 9).
Everybody who works with children and young people has a duty of care to them and this is a responsibility which must be taken seriously. These guidelines aim to provide information and promote good practice for all who work in, and/or visit, Knockadoon Camp.