The Prelature of Opus Dei in Ireland is committed to promoting the safety, welfare and protection of children in accordance with the Policy and current Guidance issued by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland.
The Prelature provides Christian formation, in activities such as retreats, recollections, talks, courses and in personal spiritual guidance, in association with charities such as Brosna Educational Foundation Ltd and Fiúntas Centres Limited. Although directed primarily to adults, formation is also provided to young people in the course of activities organised by the associated charities. The aim of the formation given in any such work with young people is to collaborate with and support the primary responsibility of the parents in the formation and education of their children.
The Prelature does not run activities such as youth clubs, schools, or residences. Every youth club, school, residence, parish or other entity that provides accommodation or organises educational, sporting, or cultural activities for young people, with which the Prelature collaborates in the giving of formation, will have its own CS policy and procedures and an officer specifically appointed and trained to deal with any concern or allegation that might arise in the course of its activities.
While the CS policy of the Prelature is addressed in the first instance to the priests of the Prelature, it is also relevant to other faithful of the Prelature involved in activities with young people, even if the activity is run on their own initiative or is subject to the direction, CS policy and responsibility of a civil entity such as Brosna or Fiúntas. The Code does not in any way diminish or displace the civil responsibility of the person or entity organising the activity in question, but overlaps with it to foster diligence in this matter on the part of the faithful of the Prelature and to ensure that no gaps exist in the safeguarding of young people.
Child Safeguarding Policy Statement of the Constituent Members of the Catholic Church in Ireland (See Child Safeguarding Policy, page 8)
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, staff and volunteers) 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.
Details of Personnel to Contact if you are Concerned about the Welfare and Safety of Children:
Designated Liaison Person for the Prelature
Fr Brendan O’Connor
22 Cunningham Road, Dalkey, Co Dublin, A96 CX59
Police (See Appendix D)
Gardaí National Protective Services Bureau
01 6663430 / 01 6663435
Child Protection Service (See Appendix D)
Tusla: Dublin South East
Unit 9, Nutgrove Retail Park, Churchtown, Dublin, D14 NT35
Tel. 01 9213400
CHILD SAFEGUARDING DOCUMENTS
The Prelature invited the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) to conduct a review of its safeguarding practice, as part of the general review by the NBSCCCI of Church bodies in Ireland. The outcome of that Review (part of Tranche 10 of the NBSCCCI review process) was published on 4th May 2016. The text of the Review and the Statement of the Regional Vicar welcoming its findings (see links below) were published at that time in the News section of this website.
The recommendations contained in that Review have since been implemented. A brief Update to this effect was sent to the NBSCCCI in December 2016 (see link below).