NBSCCCI Media Statement on the Third Tranche of Safeguarding Reviews
Clear evidence of steady progress
The Third Tranche of the Reviews of Safeguarding practice across the Catholic Church were released today by the seven Church authorities involved. They were the dioceses of Killalla, Elphin, Wexford and Lismore, Galway, Clogher, and Ferns. They also included the Society of Missions to Africa. This brings the total of Church authorities reviewed to date by this process to 20.
“It is gratifying to report clear evidence of steady progress in developing robust safeguarding structures in all these authorities,” said Ian Elliott the CEO of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI).
“The overall picture is a very positive one with the vast majority of the criteria used to assess performance against the Review standards as being fully met.”
He went on to state that this was very encouraging progress and represented a significant improvement on past performance.
“In particular, I want to thank and congratulate the army of volunteers who regularly give their time to supporting the safeguarding of children in the Church. Their efforts have been nothing short of heroic”, said Elliott.
Mr Elliott also noted that all of these Church authorities requested the NBSCCCI to undertake the Reviews and co-operated fully with them. All the findings have been fully accepted and the recommendations are already being implemented.
“The Reviews are an important part of the work of the NBSCCCI. They have become a critical building block for the future for the Church” said John Morgan, Chair of the NBSCCCI. “Work on the Fourth Tranche begins immediately when a further eight Church authorities will be reviewed” he said.
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