16 December 2018


Child Protection

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Statement of St. Mary’s Community

January 2015


We are committed to the Policy of our Irish Dominican province as outlined here

“The integrity of our preaching requires the protection of the little ones. The province recognises and upholds the dignity and rights of all children and young people and is committed to their protection and support in a way that promotes their human dignity and integrity as children of God. The province values and encourages the participation of children and young people in liturgies and activities that enhance their appropriate spiritual, physical, emotional and social development.

In keeping with this we undertake to do all in our power to create safe environments for children and young people where they will be protected from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.

The province is committed to working in partnership with civil authorities to ensure that all aspects of child welfare are managed promptly, professionally, and justly. We will adhere to statutory policy notably ‘Children First : national guidelines for the protection & welfare of Children (1999)’. All child protection concerns shall be reported to the civil authorities without delay.

The province is committed to following best practice as specified by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church (NBSCCC). As required by all church personnel in the Cork diocese, we will adhere to national ‘Safeguarding Children : policy & procedures’ (Aug. 2009).”

Fr Louis Hughes, Prior


Contact Information

Provincial Designated Person Fr Pat Lucey, OP 01 451 3757
St Mary’s Contact Persons Maria Lezama 087 990 0134
  Fr Louis Hughes, OP 021 450 2267
Local HSE Social Worker   021 492 7000
Local Gardai   021 455 8260
Faoiseamh Helpline   1800 331234

Child Protection Policy of the Irish Dominican Province