The Prelature of Opus Dei in Ireland is committed to promoting the safety, welfare and protection of children in accordance with the current standards set out in "Safeguarding Children," issued by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church. The 2015 edition of the policy of the Prelature (see links below) is currently being modified to reflect revised standards published in 2016 by the NBSCCCI and recent changes in civil legislation. To that end, the Prelature adopted a revised Child Safeguarding Policy in 2009 in accordance with these standards and reviews this policy regularly.
The current edition of the Policy takes into account the draft revision of the NBSCCC Standards published for comment in March 2015, but retains the original structure pending formal adoption of the revised Standards by the NBSCCC. This revision also has regard to the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012—although it has not been commenced as of the date of the current revision—and the latest version of the Children First Bill 2014.
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.
To facilitate anyone wishing to raise or report a concern (and who might not know to whom it should be addressed), the same person is appointed as Designated Officer for the Prelature and for the civil entities that manage all the youth centres in Ireland in which formation is given in association with the Prelature.
Designated Officer for the Prelature:
36 Rathfarnham Wood, Dublin 14
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 or are currently in progress. A brief Update to this effect was sent to the NBSCCCI in December 2016 (see link below).
CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICY DOCUMENTS