IBVM POLICY STATEMENT
The Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary 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) In order to fulfil this mission today, Sisters are involved in many different ministries, many of which involve working with children and vulnerable adults.
The members of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary are committed to the Safeguarding Policies of the Catholic Church in England, Wales and Scotland. In other words they are committed to protect children and vulnerable adults from neglect, physical, emotional and sexual abuse, and to creating a safe and caring environment for all with whom they work.
In the event that there is abuse and mistreatment of these children and vulnerable adults, 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, that the statutory authorities which may become involved are given the fullest support and that the person against whom an allegation is made receives appropriate support.
The rights of children in particular must be recognised, affirmed and safeguarded.
We base our policy on our scriptures which affirm the God-given dignity of everyone.
The Catholic Church in England & Wales has established new structures to take forward the work of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults following the recommendations of the Cumberlege Commission Report, ‘Safeguarding with Confidence’.
The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission (NCSC)
The NCSC is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the Church’s safeguarding policy and monitoring compliance. Mandated by the Conference of Bishops and Conference of Religious (CoREW), it will ensure that standards are met and policies are implemented. Each Religious Congregation/Order is aligned to a Diocese.
The English Province of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary
is aligned to the Diocese of Salford Safeguarding Commission.