— ABOUT US —
Nullamore is an educational centre where young people are helped to reach their full potential in partnership with parents.
Nullamore is one of several youth centres managed by Brosna Educational Centres Ltd and is affiliated to City of Dublin Youth Services Board (CDYSB).
Brosna Educational Centres
BROSNA Educational Centres Ltd is a registered charity for the advancement of education and character development in accordance with Christian principles and ideals.
Our mission is to provide all-round education for people of all ages, but especially for the young, to help them develop their talents to the full and use them in the service of society.
To achieve these aims, BROSNA operates educational initiatives around Ireland. These include halls of residence for third-level students (e.g. Cleraun, Glenard, Gort Ard), youth clubs (e.g. Anchor, Glenbeag, Nullamore), and adult education centres like Knapton in Dun Laoghaire.
Participation in activities at these centres is open to people of all creeds or none, and from all social and cultural backgrounds. The Christian ethos of the formation imparted at the centres and activities run by BROSNA is entrusted to Opus Dei, a personal prelature of the Catholic Church.
BROSNA’s charity registration number is CHY6329
Nullamore and Opus Dei
Responsibility for spiritual and doctrinal formation offered in Nullamore is entrusted to Opus Dei, a personal Prelature of the Catholic Church founded in 1928 by St Josemaría Escrivá (1902-1975).
Opus Dei undertakes to guarantee the Christian orientation of all of the activities run in Nullamore. Responsibility for all other matters (organisational, legal, technical, financial etc.) lies with those who direct the centre.
Opus Dei is a Catholic institution founded by St Josemaría Escrivá. Its mission is to spread the message that work and the circumstances of everyday life are occasions for growing closer to God, for serving others, and for improving society.
Child Safeguarding Policy
The following are the Child Safeguarding Principles adopted by Nullamore to ensure, as far as practicable, that a child, while participating in activities for which Nullamore is responsible, is safe from harm:
- Maintains a child safeguarding policy that raises awareness about the possibility of child abuse occurring and outlines the steps to be taken if it is suspected. This policy is based on the “Children First Bill”, 2014 and the “Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children” document, 2011
- Provides child protection training for leaders and helpers, which clarifies the responsibilities of Nullamore and of individuals, and clearly shows the procedures to be followed if child abuse is suspected;
- Adopts safe practices to minimise the possibility of harm or accidents happening to children and to protect staff from the necessity to take risks and leave themselves open to accusations of abuse or neglect;
- Recognises that valuing children means valuing staff as well and that insistence on safe practices—eliminating the necessity for staff to take risks and providing them with support—will make for a healthier and safer organisation;
- Maintains a policy of openness with parents that involves consulting them about matters that concerns their children, and encourages them to get involved with the organisation wherever possible;
- Adopts and consistently applies clearly defined methods of recruiting staff and volunteers;
- Does not permit anyone against whom a plausible complaint of abuse has been made (unless the complaint proves to be without foundation) to participate in its activities with young people;
- Maintains procedures for responding to accidents and complaints;
- Recognises that the welfare of children must always come first, regardless of all other considerations;
- Acknowledges the rights of children to be protected, treated with respect, listened to and have their own views taken into consideration;
- Acknowledges that a child’s age, sex and background affect the way they experience and understand what is happening to them;
- Recognises that early intervention with children who are vulnerable or at risk may prevent serious harm from happening to them at a later stage;
- Co-operates with child care and protection agencies and professionals by sharing information when necessary and working together towards the best possible outcome for the children concerned and makes links with other relevant organisations in order to promote child protection and welfare policies and practices.
The Safeguarding Children Designated Officer for Brosna is:
Mr Pat Hanratty
36 Rathfarnham Wood, Dublin 14
Download pdf of Safeguarding Children Manual for Brosna