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.
The Divine Word Missionaries commit to following the Child Safeguarding Policy and Standards for the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016. The Policy statement is detailed below. In addition the SVDs have agreed to follow the Guidance set out by the National Board which can be found at www.safeguarding.ie/guidance
Fr. Timothy Lehane SVD
Provincial Superior IBP