Safeguarding

SafeguardingThe safety and well-being of the young people who visit our Centre is of paramount importance to us. All the members of our team and of the Lasallian community who reside in Glanaulin have been Access NI vetted through the Down and Connor Diocesan Safeguarding Office.

We review our Child Protection and Health and Safety procedures annually, to ensure best practice and compliance with both statutory and National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church (NBSCCC) guidelines. The members of our team have also undergone a child-protection training programme through the Youthnet organisation as well as National Board training.

A PDF copy of our Child Protection Policy and Procedures Document may be obtained via email by contacting the Director.

In 2009 the Irish Bishops Conference, concerned at the number of Retreat Teams travelling around the country purporting to offer a Catholic Retreat experience, decided to begin a consultation process with the aim of drawing up a framework document of retreat guidelines which principals and others could use to ensure the teams they were booking were suitable.

The Lasallian teams and a number of other teams throughout Ireland who had been meeting together for a number of years, were asked by the Irish Bishops Conference to contribute to the consultation process and the resultant document; Youth Retreats in Ireland: Guiding Principles for Good Practice, was published in 2010. This document is an excellent resource for principals and teachers with responsibility for pastoral care and RE.

When booking your Retreat with any team a good question to ask would be:

Are you aware of the document Youth Retreats in Ireland: Guiding Principles for Good Practice, and do you adhere to it?

If the answer is yes then you have an extra level of reassurance that your group will be given a quality Retreat experience.

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