Child Safeguarding Policy: Delgany

Carmelite Monastery Delgany Co. Wicklow

Child Safeguarding and Protection Policy for the Carmelite Monastery.

The Carmelite Monastery is a community of Contemplative Nuns in the Parish
of Kilquade. We follow The Child Safeguarding Policy set up by the Parish of
St. Patrick’s, Kilquade updated in 2015 who follow the guidelines of the Dublin
Archdiocese child safeguarding policy which in turn is complaint with Child
First 2011 .

Safeguarding Policy Statement

We welcome children and vulnerable adults to our monastery and Church.

On various occasions children visit our monastery from schools to learn more
about our life and our role in the Church. We welcome and facilitate these
groups who come supervised by their teachers. Children who come to our
reception area or reception rooms do so accompanied by their parents. We also
have altar servers’ boys and girls.

In order to safeguard and welcome children to our monastery we follow the
guide lines laid down by the Parish of Kilquade and have in place the following
guideline for the sisters, priests, staff and volunteers. The areas where the sisters
meet children are the Sacristy, the St. Therese room and the reception area.

Reception area.

  •  When we refer to children we are talking about children up to 18 years of
    age.
  •  In the sacristy the altar servers are supervised by a parent. We would ask
    parents to help us in carrying out this obligation. If a sister for any reason
    is on her own with the children she should call another sister.
  •  There is a ‘sign in’ book in the sacristy which altar servers, priests and
    sisters sign.
  • In the reception areas if a child comes alone into Reception they will be
    asked to bring in a parent or accompanying adult, if there is no adult near
    at hand the sister should contact another sister or member of staff and ask
    them to come to reception.
  •  We will ensure that the permission of a parent is given when taking or
    using a photograph of their children.
  •  We will respect the boundary of the physical and emotional space that
    others require.

No child is permitted unaccompanied within the enclosure.
The above is the practice for all the areas where sisters/staff/priests meet
children who come to the monastery. This includes the reception rooms and
St. Therese room and sacristy. All other areas form the cloister which is
private to the Carmelite nuns.

Carmelite Monastery Delgany Child protection 07-03- 2015. (This is an
updated policy which we have followed since 2010)