The Presentation Brothers in Ireland have invited the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) to review the safeguarding practices of the Presentation Brothers.
The review will take place in January 2014.
The National Board is currently reviewing the safeguarding practices of each diocese and religious congregation in Ireland. Sixteen dioceses and four religious congregations/missionary societies have been reviewed to date.
Any survivors of abuse who have not yet come forward are encouraged to do so by making contact with either our Designated Officer, Ms Jenny Rice (086-3932685 or email@example.com) or to the Garda Síochána (01-6663435)/HSE (1850 24 1850) in the Republic of Ireland or the PSNI (0845 600 800)/HSC (028 9031 1611) in Northern Ireland. New allegations of abuse should be made directly to the Statutory Authorities.
If a survivor contacts the National Board (NBSCCCI, 01-5053124) the Presentation Brothers will be advised in writing of this contact.
If the survivor is making a new allegation the National Board (NBSCCCI) will inform the civil authorities and the Presentation Brothers in writing and will ensure that counselling through Towards Healing (1800 303 416 from Republic of Ireland, 0800 096 3315 from Northern Ireland) is offered.
An "internal" instruction will be given to all "reviewers" on this as complying with best practice and the requirement that a detailed contemporaneous note of any conversations is made.
The Review report will reference that survivors did contact the National Board (NBSCCCI) and an overview of their comments will be inserted into the report. No identifying information will be given in the report.
A detailed report of the comments will be given in a separate document to the Congregation.
The Presentation Brothers are committed to following the guidelines set out by The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church (NBSCCC).
These guidelines are published on the website www.safeguarding.ie
The Presentation Brothers have also published "Child Safeguarding - Protection Policy and Procedures" (pdf) providing details of current practice.
The Brothers are committed to implementing the appropriate national guidelines for dealing with complaints relating to child sexual abuse, and will respond to the best of their ability to any person who comes to them with a complaint. Accordingly the Brothers have appointed a Child Safeguarding Designated Officer in every unit of the Congregation to meet with people who have complaints to make:
Ms Jenny Rice, Tel: 086-3932685
Ms Eileen Campling, Tel: 07796655390
Br James Needham, 631 Oak Knoll Dr, San Antonio, TX 78249, USA.
Tel: +1-210-255-1412, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brother David Ang-suura, Tel 0246257607, PO Box 142, Yendi, Northern Region.
Brother Bernard Gazire, Tel: 07066782553, PO Box 18, Tafawa Balewa, Bauchi State.
Towards Healing is a new Counselling and Support Service for survivors of Institutional, Clerical and Religious abuse, funded by the Catholic Church.
It replaces the Faoiseamh Counselling Service which has been in operation since 1997, and which has provided face-to-face counselling to over 4,000 persons during that time, as well as Helpline Support to over 15000 survivors of Institutional, Clerical and Religious Abuse.
The services provided by Towards Healing will be developed in consultation with representatives of Survivors, and will include healing meetings, groupwork, practical workshops and a bridging service designed to link clients to services relevant to their needs.
You can read about the services offered by Towards Healing on their web page: www.towardshealing.ie
The normal opening hours for the Towards Healing service are: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11am to 8pm and on Fridays 11am to 4pm.
Its freephone helpline numbers are: from the Republic of Ireland 1800 303416; from Northern Ireland and Britain 0800 0963315. The Helpline operates on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am to 8pm and on Fridays from 11am to 4pm: 1800 33 1234 (Republic of Ireland) 0800 97 3272 (Northern Ireland and the UK). There is also a mobile number for texting purposes for hearing impaired service users: 085-8022859. E-mail: email@example.com
Reponse of the Congregation of Presentation Brothers to Minister Quinn's statement of Tuesday 5th July 2011 re costs of response to redress
The Congregation of Presentation Brothers looks forward to dialoguing with Minister Quinn on the issue of costs incurred by the Response to Redress.
In addition to €3m of cash, the Congregation of Presentation Brothers has already pledged an additional €1 million towards the costs of the National Children’s Hospital and is prepared to refund some of its legal costs.
Statement of Congregation of Presentation Brothers in response to publication of Ryan Report, May 2009
The Presentation Brothers were responsible for one institution investigated by the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, viz. St. Joseph's Industrial School, Greenmount, Cork.
We accept fully the findings and the recommendations of the Commission.
We reiterate our deepest and most sincere apology to survivors of St. Joseph's Industrial School who suffered abuse. We beg forgiveness for what occurred.
While listening to and responding to the needs of the survivors of St. Joseph's Industrial School is our principal objective, we desire to work with all relevant parties including Government and other Religious Congregations as part of a wider response to the needs of all those who were abused. In this context and in terms of our resources we commit ourselves to making a significant contribution to the advancement of this process.