Spiritan News

Spiritan Safeguarding Office

The Spiritan Provincial Leadership Team (PLT) in Ireland is exploring new ways of engaging with people who have been abused by members of the Spiritan Congregation.

To this end we have opened a page on our website designed specifically to provide the following information to members of the public:

  • How to report child sex abuse perpetrated by a Spiritan;
  • The progress being made by the Spiritans on the implementation of the recommendations made in the report of the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church inIrelandwhich was published in September 2012.

Two professionals have now been employed in the Spiritans’ Safeguarding Office:

  • Mr. Liam Lally has been appointed Designated Person for dealing with allegations of child sex abuse. Liam is a former teacher and principal who has been a counsellor and supervisor for over thirty years and has been involved in many voluntary organisations.
  • Ms Jane Ferguson has been appointed Support Person (for survivors of abuse and their families). Trained as a psychotherapist and supervisor, Jane has previously worked as teacher/lecturer and has been involved in the pastoral field for many years.

If you were sexually abused by a Spiritan or if you have a concern that abuse took place please contact our Safeguarding Office. We extend this invitation to people who:

  • are reporting an allegation or concern of sex abuse for the first time;
  • have already engaged with the Spiritans in regard to sex abuse and who feel that they were treated in an unsatisfactory manner.

We would particularly like to hear from those who contacted the Spiritans in recent months about their own experience but who were not at that stage ready to leave a name or contact details.

Jane and Liam will work together to ensure that the Spiritan Congregation offers the best possible service to those who have been abused by members of the Spiritan community.

For further information click here.