Safeguarding Children Audit

In October 2014 the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church conducted a safeguarding audit of our Sacred Hearts Province.  Their report was published on the 10th of February 2015.  The following Statement was issued by the Provincial on the day of the publication of the Audit Report.


Statement from the Provincial

In autumn, 2014 the Ireland England Province of the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts invited the National Board for Safeguarding Children to audit our safeguarding practices and procedures. We have recently received the report emanating from this audit, accept it in full and publish it today.

We sincerely apologise to individuals who suffered abuse by some of our members over the years. Their suffering shames us.

We make every effort to ensure that where we work and minister today is an environment that is safe for children and for people who are vulnerable. We will work with the lay people on our Provincial Safeguarding Committee to ensure the full and immediate implementation of the audit recommendations.

We have a competent child safeguarding structure in place at present and invite anyone with a complaint of abuse against any of the members of our Ireland England Province to contact our Designated Liaison Person for Child Safeguarding Mr. Tom O’Donnell at 087 2687209

Contact with Mr. O’Donnell will be treated in the strictest confidence and he will ensure that our response to any complaint is in accordance with the laws of our country and of our church.

Anyone who has suffered in the past is invited to seek assistance by contacting “Towards Healing” where trained counsellors are available to be of assistance.

Freephone 1800 303416 (Rep. of Ireland)
Freephone 0800 0963315 (Northern Ireland & UK)

Again our sincere apologies to all who have suffered.

Fr. Derek Laverty, sscc (Provincial – Ireland England Province)                                  

 Mr. Tom O’Donnell at can be contacted at 087 2687209 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Click here to see full report from the NBSCCCI