Recently the Sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary invited the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) to conduct a review of its safeguarding practices.
In recent years all of our SSCC Sisters have become painfully aware of the needless suffering that so many innocent children in our country have had to endure. It caused us great pain to know that in some cases this suffering was inflicted by Church personnel. It was very important for us that we as a group of Sisters in the Church should have our own lives, practices and structures evaluated by an outside body. This was to ensure that we are pursuing best practice for child safeguarding in all aspects of our lives and ministry.
It has always been very important for us to recognise the dignity and rights of all children and vulnerable adults and we are committed to ensuring their protection from any form of abuse. We have pledged ourselves to do all in our power to create a safe environment for children and vulnerable adults. We would also wish to do whatever we can to ease the suffering of those who have suffered in the past.
In all our activities we are guided by the law of the land as well as by the Standards and Guidelines of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland. We welcome this report from the National Board and pledge ourselves to implement their recommendationbs.
If you have any safeguarding concerns related to any Sister in our community, please contact the Designated Liaison person – Sr. Aileen Kennedy 01-4974831 or the National Office for Safeguarding Children 01-5053124.
Sr. Angela O’Toole, sscc
Click here to view the "NBSCCC Audit report - SSCC Sisters" (Published 9th of September 2015)
The Documentation referenced below has been approved and accepted by the Ireland England Province of the Brothers of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts.
The Brothers of the Ireland England Province of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts are committed to doing all we can to ensure that children we encounter in ministry and in social situations are always kept safe. Below you will find the policies and guidelines on keeping children safe that guide us in our work and ministries. The concluding pages of our Interim Safeguarding Policy contain contact details for the relevant authorities to assist anyone with child safeguarding concerns.
In October 2014 the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church conducted a safeguarding audit of our Sacred Hearts Province. Their report was published on the 10th of February 2015 and is available under "e" below. The following Statement was issued by the Provincial on the day of the publication of the Audit Report.
Statement from the Provincial
In autumn, 2014 the Ireland England Province of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts invited the National Board for Safeguarding Children to audit our safeguarding practices and procedures. We have recently received the report emanating from this audit, accept it in full and publish it today.
We sincerely apologise to individuals who suffered abuse by some of our members over the years. Their suffering shames us.
We make every effort to ensure that where we work and minister today is an environment that is safe for children and for people who are vulnerable. We will work with the lay people on our Provincial Safeguarding Committee to ensure the full and immediate implementation of the audit recommendations.
Contact with Mr. O’Donnell will be treated in the strictest confidence and he will ensure that our response to any complaint is in accordance with the laws of our country and of our church.
Anyone who has suffered in the past is invited to seek assistance by contacting “Towards Healing” where trained counsellors are available to be of assistance.
Again our sincere apologies to all who have suffered.
Fr. Derek Laverty, sscc
In October 2015 the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts submitted a report to the National Office for Safeguarding Children, on our work in implementing the recommendations of our SSCC Audit which was published in September 2015. The link below provides you with a copy of the submitted report.