The essence of safeguarding is the same essence that underpins all human relationships and interactions. It grows out of a deep respect for all human life and for every particular person. Proper safeguarding recognises and celebrates the dignity of each person, and works best in an atmosphere of profound and mutual respect.
The work of safeguarding is at the heart of the work of the Christian Brothers. Any form of abuse within the church, and particularly of children, is a betrayal of the very essence of the purpose and character of its mission. Furthermore and crucially, abuse creates and leaves a most profound wound.
As a Church Authority, and on behalf of the European Province of the Congregation of Christian Brothers, I want to state very clearly that I fully endorse the policy and procedures contained in this website and I encourage all to become familiar with the many protocols contained here.
The challenge is to be consistent in our care of children and vulnerable people. This policy updates all previous policies in all ministries of the European Province of Christian Brothers. It seeks to set out best practice so as to enable the enhancement of the gift of life while preventing harm to and protecting children.
The material includes a clear written policy statement; resources that can assist recruitment; and selection processes for both paid and volunteer workers. It also requires responsible management of disclosures and mandatory reporting of suspected criminal behaviour to the police and statutory authorities. It requires regular auditing for compliance purposes. It calls us and reminds us to be always alert to potential risk situations.
It is my sincere hope that, by following its instructions and guidelines, this safeguarding website of the European Province of the Christian Brothers will facilitate and enable the creation of a culture of safeguarding. By careful adherence to its principles and practices, it will make good and effective safeguarding as easy and as clear as possible for all who have the privilege of working with children and vulnerable people in the name of Blessed Edmund Rice.
Brother David Gibson