The Marist Sisters recognise the dignity and rights of all children and vulnerable adults and are committed to ensuring their protection from abuse. We strive to do all in our power to create a safe environment for children and vulnerable adults in order to secure their protection and enable their full participation in the life of the church and society.In all our activities we will abide by the Standards and Guidance Document for the Catholic Church in Ireland.
In specific ministry settings,schools,hospitals,parishes,other agencies, sisters will comply with policies and protocols drawn up by the relevant authorities.
The following key issues are of prime importance as regards adult-to-child adult-to-adult behaviour.
- Children and vulnerable adults will be treated with respect and dignity
- The right to personal and physical integrity of children and vulnerable adults must be respected at all times. Personnel will endeavour to listen carefully and sensitively in any communication with children and vulnerable adults.
- Personnel will will take care that they do not engage in inappropriate relationships with children and vulnerable adults.
- Personnel will not tolerate any behaviour - verbal, psychological or physical - that could be construed as abusive.
The Unit Leader,under the authority of the Superior General, has responsibility for the members and the ministries of the Unit.
The Unit Leader has appointed a designated Officer to respond to and deal with allegations and suspicions of abuse according to Standard 2 of the Standards and Guidance Document for the Catholic Church in Ireland.
In an effort to prevent abuse,we engage in education and formation of our members. We provide education and assistance in psychosexual as well as spiritual, emotional, intellectual and ministerial development. This preperation will include education regarding appropriate use of personal power and observance of ministerial and related boundaries.
In order to participate in the larger society's efforts to prevent abuse, we will educate ourselves about indicators, definitions, and physical and emotional consequences of abuse and neglect, as well as the reporting obligations of the civil juristictions of the Republic of Ireland and of Northern Ireland.
If a sister is aware herself, or if another member of the Congregation is aware, that a sister is suffering from a psychosexual disorder or has any tendency which might lead to sexual abuse of another, the Sister or other member who has knowledge shall make it known to the Unit Leader who will take the necessary steps for the protection of possible victims and will assist the Sister in obtaining appropriate help.