Teresa Devlin

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A file photograph of the  National Board for Safeguarding Children’s chairman John Morgan and chief executive Teresa Devlin. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

The Catholic Church’s child protection body received a further 134 child abuse allegations against priests and members of religious orders in the year(...)

The board has been lobbying the Data Protection Commissioner, and the Department of Justice, to grant it powers to maintain a central database of priests against whom abuse allegations have been made. File photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Figures on reports of abuse in the Catholic Church have been placed “under reservation” due to concerns over the reliability of the statistics. Ther(...)

Priests are taken ‘out of ministry’, meaning they cannot celebrate Mass or other sacraments, when they are facing statutory or canonical investigations into abuse allegations made against them.  Photograph: iStock

An Australian bishop refused to inform an Irish diocese about a priest suspended from ministry who was travelling to the diocese, correspondence from (...)

Teresa Devlin of the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ten historic child abuse allegations against six priests since 2010 have been found in a second review of child protection in the Catholic diocese of (...)

In 2011, Ian Elliott and his team began reviews of child safeguarding in all Ireland’s 26 Catholic dioceses and at all of its religious congregations. File photograph Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

The Vatican could learn from how the Irish Catholic Church has addressed the clerical child sex abuse issue in parishes, dioceses and religious congre(...)

NBSC chief executive Teresa Devlin  said “we believe that the upturn in reporting of abuse is linked to the media reporting of high profile abuse cases”. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

There has been a significant increase in clerical child sex abuse allegations reported to Catholic Church authorities in Ireland over the past year. (...)

 Teresa Devlin,   chief executive of the National Board for Safeguarding Children,  said only constant vigilance will keep children safe. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Catholic Church’s child protection watchdog received reports of 72 new allegations of clerical child sex abuse as well as 10 of physical and emoti(...)

Some 512 allegations of sexual, physical and emotional abuse had been made against 146 priests, brothers, and sisters belonging to the four congregations, five of whom were convicted in the courts.

It is practice when reviews of child protection standards are published by the Catholic Church’s National Board for Safeguarding Children that these a(...)

 US cardinal Seán O’Malley (left) president of  Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors is encouraging bishops, priests and religious superiors to be in contact with sex abuse victims.  Photograph: Henry Wills

Two of America’s leading Catholic child protection advocates have strongly opposed suggestions by the church that care of laicised priests convicted (...)

The publication of the final tranche of current reviews by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland has tended t(...)

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