Promoting Safe & Sacred Spaces

In a special way the Gospel challenges every friar and those who work on behalf of or with the Augustinians to regard children and young people as a gift of God. It follows that the Augustinian Provincial, Fr. John Hennebry OSA is a willing signatory on behalf of all to Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland 2016. This means that in practice we are wholly committed to implement best child safeguarding and protection practices.

Safeguarding Children Policy 2016.pdf            OSA Child Safeguarding Statement Feb 2020.pdf

At Province level, a Safeguarding Development Group comprising lay people and friars oversee this good work and ensure accountability year on year, as detailed in the OSA Child Safeguarding Development Plan ’20 – ’23.

Our hope is twofold: that much good work will continue to be done and that we will do no harm. Parents, volunteers and friars can be reassured that all that can be done is being done, and possibly more. Within each church setting Local Safeguarding Group members play a significant part in this team effort. For example, ensuring that suitably trained people are working alongside children and young people as faith-friends and mentors. Much of this work is undertaken behind the scenes. However, our Safeguarding message is always communicated openly and clearly: To promote safe and sacred spaces that enable our ministries and communities of faith to thrive in God’s presence.

Clear child protection procedures will guide our timely response to any concerns or allegations regarding the safety of a child, whether historical or current. We will respond with compassion and fairness to anybody who was abused by a member of the Order or by those who work on our behalf. All such responses will be undertaken in consultation with the Gardaí, and Tusla – The Child and Family Agency. Should you wish to engage directly with us please speak with our Designated Liaison Person, Mr. Tony Murphy (087 2211235 or or see Other Contact Options below.

Though an internal review takes place annually, our child safeguarding and protection procedures and practices will be independently assessed every 3/4 years by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI - see Thereafter a report will be published on this website, as is the case with previous reports. Any shortcomings and learning identified will inform appropriate changes in current practice and future plans.


News Updates

Three plants growing

Safeguarding Newsletter

Safeguarding Newsletter Issue 14 - May 2020.pdf

A Church filled with people.

Letter to Priors PPs & Local Safeguarding Representatives (07/07/20)

'Should The Need Arise Support is Available'.pdf

Further information and resources are available by clicking on each menu below

  • Tusla, Child and Family Agency, The Brunel Building, Heuston South Quarter, Saint John’s Road West, Dublin 8. D08 X01F. Tel: 01 7718500 / Out of Hours (6pm – 6am nightly & W/Ends 9am – 5pm): 0818776315.
  • Gardaí National Protective Services Bureau, An Garda Síochána, Harcourt Square, Dublin, 2. Tel: 01 6663430 / 01 6663435 or any Garda Station.
  • HSE National Counselling Service -
  • One in Four, 2 Holles St; Dublin 2.
    Tel: 01 6624070.
    One in Four is a professional, independent and confidential counselling and advocacy service part funded by charitable donations, fundraising and Government funds.
  • NBSCCCI (National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland), New House, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
    Tel: 01 5053124.
  • Toward Healing, P.O. Box 5654, Dublin.
    Tel: 1800 303 416.
    Toward Healing is a professional, independent and confidential counselling service funded by the Bishops, Religious & Missionary Union in Ireland.
  • Toward Peace,
    Columba Centre,
    Saint Patrick’s College,
    Co Kildare.
    Tel: (01) 5053028 or  086 7710533.
    The vision of Towards Peace is to provide a safe supportive space, where people who have been affected by abuse in a Church context can be accompanied as they seek their own experience of spiritual peace, one step at a time.

Current Safeguarding Practice in the Irish Church

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