The monks of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance in Ireland are fully committed to the importance of safeguarding children and ensuring that they are welcomed, nurtured, cherished and protected in any contact which they may have with our monasteries and any of our monks, staff or volunteers. Since 2014 a revised Safeguarding Children Policy was adopted in common with other Cistercian monasteries in Ireland.
You can view or download that policy here: Safeguarding Children Policy – Order of Cistercians – Dec 2014
During 2015 the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) undertook a review of the Safeguarding practices in the Irish Cistercian Monasteries. The report on this review was published in September 2015.
You can view or download that report here: NBSCCCI Review of Safeguarding in the OCSO
The Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance in Ireland accepts this report and its recommendations and has made the following response: Response to OCSO Safeguarding Review
The Report on the NBSCCCI Review made seven recommendations concerning Safeguarding practices in the Irish Cistercian Monasteries. The Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance in Ireland accepts these recommendations and has submitted a progress report to the NBSCCCI on their implementation.
You can view or download that progress report here: Progress Report on OCSO Safeguarding Review Recommendations
Those who may have suffered sexual abuse and would like to speak with someone are encouraged to contact one of the services below:
Towards Healing – www.towardshealing.ie
Free phone 1800303416 (Republic of Ireland) Free phone 0800 0963315 (Northern Ireland)
Towards Peace – www.towardspeace.ie
Phone: 01 5053028 Mobile: 086 7710533 Email: email@example.com
One-In-Four – www.oneinfour.ie
Phone: 01 6624070, Monday – Friday 9.30 to 5.30pm Email: firstname.lastname@example.org