STATEMENT OF CHILD SAFEGUARDING POLICY OF THE CONGREGATION OF THE MISSION (VINCENTIANS)
Jesus welcomed and encouraged children, reminding his disciples of the dignity of young people as children of God. In the spirit of the gospel, and faithful to the charism of St. Vincent de Paul who inspires us in the service of those who are vulnerable, the Vincentians undertake to do all in their power to create a safe environment for children, and to prevent their physical, sexual or emotional abuse. The Vincentians will liaise closely with statutory agencies to ensure that any allegations of abuse are promptly and properly dealt with, victims supported and perpetrators held to account.
As part of the Church community, the Vincentians and their colleagues in ministry give support to parents who have primary responsibility for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of their children.
Each of us as Vincentians and staff/volunteers working with is has a part to play to ensure the highest standards of child protection. Therefore all involved in ministry to children will be made aware of the policy of the Vincentians and encouraged to engage fully in implementing the procedures and guidelines of the policy.
Cf. National Child Protection for England & Wales: Policy Statement
If you have any queries or require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the Provincial Office at +353(0)18510842.