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Safeguarding Policy

The Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto Sisters) was founded for “the care and proclamation of the faith through the work of education, the promotion of justice, and the service of God’s people by any means congruous to the times.” (Const. 1.9) Our scriptures affirm the God-given dignity of everyone.

In order to fulfil this mission today, Sisters are involved in many different ministries, many of which involve working with children, young people and adults at risk.

The members of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary are committed to the Safeguarding Policies of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. In other words, they are committed to protect children, young people and adults at risk from neglect and self-neglect; physical, sexual, emotional, spiritual, organisational, material, psychological, financial, domestic or verbal abuse; behaviour which effectively results in modern-day slavery or where there is evidence of discrimination or radicalisation; and to creating a safe and caring environment for all with whom they work.

For further information:

CSSA (Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency)

RLSS (Religious Life Safeguarding Service)

In the event that there is abuse and mistreatment of these children, young people and adults at risk, the Institute has clear procedures in place for dealing with complaints against a Sister, an employee or a volunteer. The institute will ensure that any allegations of abuse are promptly reported and that they will cooperate with any of the statutory authorities which may become involved. The person against whom an allegation is made, the victims/survivors will be listened to, and all involved given the appropriate support.

The rights of children, young people and adults at risk must be recognised, affirmed and safeguarded.