Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate


Safeguarding Children

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Safeguarding Children

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The Oblates of Mary Immaculate are committed to creating a safe environment for all. We want children, young people and vulnerable adults to feel included and valued, their participation is to be encouraged by all Oblates in their pastoral ministry and in activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development.

The Oblates recognize the dignity and rights of all children and vulnerable adults and are committed to their support and safeguarding.

The Oblates undertake to ensure a safe environment for children and young people and to ensure their protection from all forms of abuse through best practice;

Best practice in ensuring the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults, protecting their rights and promoting their welfare. Minimizing risks in order to safeguard the interests of children, young people and Vulnerable Adults.

Ensuring that all Oblates, and their paid employees and volunteers, are carefully recruited, selected, trained, supported and supervised. Ensuring that all Oblates, their paid employees and volunteers are aware of, trained in and work to the Code of Behavior for safe working. Supporting all victims of abuse.

Reporting any concerns to the relevant statutory agencies and working closely with them to ensure that all allegations of abuse are responded to promptly. Contact Details Designated Persons;

Republic of Ireland: Suzanne Phelan
tel: 085 1146391
email: phelansuzanne@gmail.com

Britain: Pauline Butterfield
tel: 07947 358468
email: paulinemrb@outlook.com


Safeguarding Review

The Oblates of Mary Immaculate Anglo Irish Province Implentation of the Review by the National Safeguarding Board in the Catholic Church in Ireland NSBCCI


Action- Progress

1. The Safeguarding Committee should develop an interim training plan, to ensure that those personnel who currently have a role with children are inducted to the safeguarding policies and procedures.

Training for the Safeguarding Committee took place in March. All staff and volunteers in the Parishes requiring training were identified in the Dublin Diocesan Audit. Training for the OYS and Lourdes volunteers is being undertaken in advance of the Lourdes Pilgrimage in September 2016.

2. The Safeguarding Committee should review how the Order communicates its safeguarding message; and having done so, develop an appropriate safeguarding communications plan.

Communicating the revised Safeguarding Policy is a priority of the Safeguarding Committee, the plan is that the policy will be promoted by posters, website information and easily accessible leaflets for the public.

3. The Safeguarding Committee must ensure that the Oblates safeguarding documents provide contact details for local child protection agencies.


The Safeguarding Policy 2011 and 2015 is currently under revision in accordance with the new standards of the NSBCCCI and will be published in the Autumn 2016. This will include recent changes in legislation and contact details for Statutory Services.

The Oblates with their lay partners and co-workers are committed to ensuring that children and young people will be safe in all aspects of their participation through the Parishes where Oblates serve, the Pilgrimage, the Youth Service and other activities. The Oblates appreciate all the support and work contributed by our lay partners in the Safeguarding task.

We would like to encourage anyone who has been the victim of so far unreported abuse to come forward at this time. The dedicated independent person appointed to receive the reports on behalf of the Oblates is Suzanne Phelan: Tel. 085 1146391.

The statutory agencies contact details are as follows:

Garda Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Investigation Unit, National Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Garda Headquarters, Harcourt Square, Dublin 2. Tel. 01 6663430

Tusla Duty Social Worker, Child and Family Agency, Bridge House, Cherry Orchard Hospital, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10. Tel. 01 6206387
Duty Social Worker, Child and Family Agency, Health Centre, Cromcastle Road, Coolock, Dublin 5. Tel. 01 8164200 or 01 8160314

The Oblates are committed to being part of the Catholic Church’s response in supporting survivors of abuse.

Towards Healing is the counselling and support service of the Catholic Church that provides help to survivors and their families. P.O. Box 5654, Dublin 14; Freephone Ireland: 1800-303416 Freephone U.K.: 0800-0963315; email: coordinator@towardshealing.ie.

Towards Peace is a service which offers spiritual support for survivors of abuse by Church personnel. The service is for those whose faith has been damaged by abuse and who wish to continue their search for meaning and for God. Phone: + 353 (0)1 5053028 or Mobile: + 353 (0)86 7710533.

To read the Review of Child Safeguarding Practice in the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (Ireland) undertaken by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI), please click on this link: Oblates-1

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