We, the Poor Servants of the Mother of God, (SMG), cherish and affirm each child and vulnerable adult as a gift from God and we acknowledge each person’s inherent right to dignity of life and bodily integrity. We will strive to ensure that this right is respected, nurtured and protected by all.

Everyone in our organization has an obligation to ensure that the fundamental rights of children and vulnerable adults are respected.

We are committed to ensuring that each member of our organization is aware of and complies with this obligation. We do this by requiring that:

  • Each area has and implements a robust Policy for the Protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults which is reviewed and updated every two years.  A copy of these policies is held in the Generalate.
  • These policies draw on the standards and guidance documents of the Catholic Church as well as on other relevant documents and legislation in the parts of the world where we work.
  • ‘A Designated Person’ is appointed in each country who receives adequate specialist training to fulfil this role. The contact details of the ‘Designated Person’ are prominently displayed in each SMG service.
  • Child Protection procedures are reviewed during Formal Visitation of communities.

As a faith-based charity serving all, we have followed principles of the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service in developing our policies.

England – NCSC Hurt by Abuse Leaflet

In the UK the policies and procedures for the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults form part of the ‘One Church’ approach and the Poor Servants of the Mother of God are committed to following these directives. See the following link:

Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service (England & Wales)

Each country where SMGs serve has its own structure; copies of these policies and procedures are available at the Generalate.

Ireland – NBSCCCI on 015053124 or the Designated liaison Officers for the SMGs, Mrs Marie Duffy 087 6890318

Towards Healing   Free phone 1800 303 416 (Republic of Ireland)    Free phone 0800 0963315 (Northern Ireland)
Towards Peace       Phone: + 353 (0) 1 5053028                                Mobile: + 353 (0) 86 7710533

One In Four – contact Phone: on 01 6624070, Monday – Friday 9.30 to 5.30pm or Email: info@oneinfour.ie

Report from the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland

Statement from the Poor Servants of the Mother of God [PDF]

Report from National Board for Safeguarding Children [PDF]