Safeguarding Children: Implementing guidelines
In April 2015 the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) undertook a review of safeguarding practices in the Society of Jesus in Ireland (Jesuits).
The NBSCCCI made nine recommendations. The following table details the progress made in addressing the recommendations. The Society of Jesus is committed to building on and further developing our safeguarding practices. There will be no room for complacency. The participation of children and young people is valued and encouraged in our pastoral ministry. We continue to work to ensure the environment we create for children and young people is safe and caring, supports their interests and prevents abuse. We take this opportunity to again, express our unreserved apology to any person who was hurt or abused by a Jesuit member or employee while in our care.
|The Provincial should ensure that all records relating to case management are consolidated into the appropriate case file and that in future all records are assembled according to the NBSCCCI template with authorisation clear on all records.
|The Provincial must ensure that a whistleblowing policy is developed and all Jesuits and staff are inducted in its use.
|The Provincial should consider accessing training for the safeguarding Committee to assist in their development of role, terms of Reference and work plan.
|The Training Manager should conduct a training needs analysis and consult NBSCCCI to assist with the development of a training plan to meet the needs of all members of the Society.
|The Provincial should ensure that the safeguarding committee develops a communication plan so that all members of the Society and anyone engaged in ministry from the Jesuits are informed of their safeguarding messages.
|The Provincial should consider separating the Advisory Panel from the Safeguarding Committee and strengthening the skill base of the latter.
|The Provincial must ensure that an advisor is offered each time a member is accused of child abuse and that this role holder forms part of a management plan which is monitored by the case manager.
|The Provincial must ensure that complainants have access to lay support personnel, who can assist them with accessing all counselling and advice that is needed or appropriate.
|The Safeguarding Committee should produce an annual report for the Provincial on the developments in safeguarding across the Society including review of safeguarding and case management.