In October 2016, the Prior Provincial of The Friar Servants of Mary (Servites) in Ireland signed up to the Safeguarding Children: Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016.
Our safeguarding policy has been adopted by all constituent bodies of the Catholic Church in Ireland in December 2015:
Child Safeguarding Policy Statement of the Constituent Members of the Catholic Church in Ireland
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, religious, 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.
(Conference of Religious in Ireland and the Irish Missionary Union, the two foregoing now known as Association of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI) and the Irish Bishops’ Conference).
Read our Code of Conduct here.