The Region of Ireland, Missionary Society of St. Columban recognises that there are many people with whom Church personnel have contact who require special care and attention. The Region values and encourages the participation of vulnerable persons in all parish liturgies and activities that enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. We believe that all Church personnel, including priests, religious, staff and volunteers must carry out their ministry respecting the rights of the individual in line with gospel values and human rights legislation.
The Region recognises and upholds the dignity and rights of vulnerable persons and is committed to safeguarding all our members. The guidance set out in this document provides a framework of how it is recommended that the Region ministers and cares for vulnerable persons. It identifies what we mean by the term and highlights values and principles which should underpin such necessary work.
These guidelines apply to all clergy (both Society and visiting), staff, volunteers, and religious and adhere to current practice and guidance in the Republic of Ireland. They should be read in conjunction with the Safeguarding Policy & Procedures, both of which are available on the Regional website. The Region, through these guidelines, sets out to protect vulnerable persons from harm and exploitation and to uphold their rights by acting in their best interests and with their consent. This is an Interim document. It will be reviewed and amended by the Region during its first year of operation. It will then be reviewed and amended, as required, but at least every three years, to take account of any major changes including legislative or policy changes in safeguarding.
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