Review of Safeguarding Practice in Derry Diocese published

The review of Safeguarding Practice in the Diocese of Derry has also been published today.

Derry was one of the first Diocese in Ireland to invite a review.

The review finds that historically there was a lack of awareness of the suffering caused to victims by abusers as well as an ignorance to the habitual nature of child abusing.

The Diocese is credited with making substantial improvements, credited for the most part, to the now retired Bishop Seamus Hegarty.

From January 1st 1975 until August of this year - there were 31 allegations of abuse against children made against 23 priests. However there has, to date, been no convictions.

Report author, Ian Elliot has praised both Raphoe and Derry Dioceses for the progress they have made:

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You can view the details of the report HERE