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STATEMENT TO PARENTS

THIS IS A JOINT STATEMENT FROM CCMS AND THE BOARD OF

GOVERNORS TO THE PARENTS

24th June 2016

Parents/Guardians

You will be aware of a Facebook page in which Concerned Parents

have made a number of posts about De La Salle College.  On the

evening of 22nd June one particular post was made which

has raised concerns matters of child protection.  The

following statement from CCMS and De La Salle College addresses

this matter.

“The statement published on the Concerned Parents Facebook

page is inaccurate, misleading and disingenuous and more

importantly has the potential to cause unnecessary concern

and create further instability within De La Salle College. It is

a disappointing development when so many stakeholders

are working so hard to prioritise the education of our children.

Child Protection and Safeguarding is taken very seriously by

CCMS and the De La Salle College. The incident to which the

Concerned Parents statement refers, dates to May 2013

prior to the appointment of the current Principal and current

Chairperson of the Board of Governors. A visiting Priest did

conduct open confessions within the school Oratory and in

the presence of another adult at an appropriate distance.

There was no unsupervised contact between the Priest and

the pupils.

As soon as complaints about the content of the discussion

between the Priest and pupils were made, the Principal and

the Designated Teacher for Child Protection were notified.

School Policy was followed. The boys’ parents were notified,

and the Diocesan Safeguarding Office and the PSNI were

involved. The PSNI confirmed that no report of an assault

or offence was indicated to them. While the Principal did

write to the Diocese requesting a review of the matter,

she did not request that the Priest concerned be allowed

back into either Diocese or School. CCMS is satisfied

that all relevant Church and statutory authorities were

notified and furthermore that at no stage was any pupil

ever at risk”.

 

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