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23/09/2021

Religious orders are improving child safety - report

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A Catholic Church watchdog said that more than 40 religious orders - two of which run Co Kildare schools - have improved child protection systems. The latest report by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church (NBSCCC) focused on 43 religious congregations. The orders included the Jesuits who run Clongowes Wood College in Newbridge and the Salesians which have a Convent in Celbridge. The findings revealed that 325 allegations were made against 141 priests or brothers in Ireland since 1941, resulting in eight criminal convictions. However the watchdog the reports show a considerable improvement in safeguarding practice in all eight male orders.

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