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Case management training

7th March 2013

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Ian Elliott

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Sister Colette Stevenson

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The structure for the day will follow the flowchart provided to each of you to help you understand the case management process as a whole

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Teresa Devlin- 10:25- 10:45

Bishop John Fleming- 10:45- 11:15

Teresa Devlin- 12:00- 12:30

Father Brendan Coffey- 13:30- 14:00

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  • Key times:

    • Coffee Break at 11:15 while completing group work

    • Lunch 12:30

    • Finish at 16:00

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Understanding Terminology

Niall Moore

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Preliminary Investigation

the initial inquiry by which a diocesan bishop or ordinary determines whether an alleged delict such as sexual abuse of a minor has a semblance of truth. Once that low threshold is met, the case should be referred to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith where the next stage in the process is determined.

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Semblance of Truth

Evidence which at face value corroborates the accusation

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an authoritative opinion; in forwarding a case to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith a bishop or religious superior offers his (or her) authoritative opinion on the matter addressed in the particular case.

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Case Management Plan

a formal, written supervision program for a cleric who has been determined to have sexually abused a minor.

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A singular decree is an administrative act issued by a Bishop or Provincial in which a decision is given or a provision is made under a case according to the norms of law.

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A singular precept is a decree which directly and legitimately enjoins a specific person or persons to do or omit something, especially in order to urge the observance of law

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The Process of Investigation and Inquiries

Teresa Devlin

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Step 1: Reporting Procedures

Information concerning risk to a child or young person emerges


Emergency Option




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Step 1: Sources of Concern

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All allegations/concerns about the abuse of a child MUST be reported to the Statutory Authorities

Information shared must be given to the designated person for his/her action

Designated Person will inform receiver of information that the allegation has been passed to the Statutory Authorities

Step 2: Reporting Arrangements

Step 2 role of the civil authorities

Step 2: Role of the Civil Authorities

An Garda/PSNI

To investigate

To establish if a crime has been committed


To assess risk to children

To put in place protection arrangements for children

Step 2 role of bishop provincial

Informed respondent that an allegation has been received

Elicit Response

Advise of right to access civil and canon law advice

Appoint Adviser

Step 2: Role of Bishop/Provincial

Step 2 responsibility of the church

Step 2: Responsibility of the Church

  • Appoint Support Person

  • Appoint Adviser

  • Set up Advisory Panel

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Step 2: Role of Designated Person

  • To liaise with support person, to keep complainant informed

  • To liaise with advisor, to keep respondent informed

  • Co-ordinate Church activities

  • Record all information in case file

Step 2 precept and leave from ministry

Step 2: Precept and Leave from Ministry

  • Semblance of Truth to allegation

  • Criminal Inquiry

Step 2 preliminary investigation

Step 2:Preliminary Investigation

Information received about a concern

Semblance of Truth?

Respondent informed

Right to reply, and access to legal advice

Referral to Statutory Authorities

Church process halted pending outcome of Statutory Investigations

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What are a decrees, Initial Risk Assessments and Precepts

Bishop John Fleming

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Group Work

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From the information you have in front of you as a group you need to :

Establish a time line of events

Write a precept

Advise Bishop/Provincial what to do next

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Process of Investigations; Civil and Church

Teresa Devlin

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Following completion of statutory investigation, Church Inquiry can be initiated

SeeStandards & Guidance pp. 87–88

Step 6: Preliminary Inquiry Restarted

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Step 6: Preliminary Inquiry Restarted

Canon Law confers all necessary powers to take measures in promoting and ensuring the safety and welfare of children who receive pastoral care from Church personnel

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Ordinary appoints a canon lawyer/social worker to conduct Preliminary Inquiry this will take into account:

Information from complainant

Response of respondent

Corroborating evidence

Historical information

Step 7: Inquiry Conducted

Step 8 inquiry complete

Report on findings to Ordinary

Advisory Panel Consulted

Concluded and CDF informed in one of three ways

Step 8: Inquiry Complete

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Step 9: CDF Informed

  • CDF have a number of options open to them:

    • Penal Process

    • Restrictions

    • Laicisation

    • Restore Good Name

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Understanding Case Management Plans

(Step 10)

Father Brendan Coffey

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What are case management plans

What are case management plans?

How to draw one up?

Who to consult?

What should it contain?

Glenstal abbey

Glenstal Abbey

Unusual location

  • Boarding School for boys

  • Retreat House

  • Day visitors and pilgrims

  • Adult Education

  • Visiting school groups

  • Summer school activities

How we drew up the plan

How we drew up the plan

  • It needs to be place specific

  • It needs to be person specific

  • It needs to consider risk

  • It needs to be realistic

  • It needs to be compliant with best practice

  • It needs to be very clear

Who we consulted

Who we consulted

  • Our own delegates for Child Protection

  • The NBSCCC

  • The HSE Child Care Manager

  • The Gardaí (if they are involved in the case)

What went into our plan

What went into our plan

  • Preamble: the monastic community will meet the needs of the brother in question including providing a place for him to live and the brother in turn will abide by the terms of the plan and the Child Protection Policies and Procedures of the Abbey.

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  • The monk may not enter the school buildings or any part of the grounds used by the school

  • The monk may not receive phone calls from minors

  • The monk will follow the monastic regime

  • The monk is free to move about the monastic enclosure and private parts of the grounds

  • He will arrange any visitors in advance with superiors

  • He must be accompanied if he leaves the monastery

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  • He will not attempt to contact any person who has made a complaint against him

  • He will not ask a third party to contact any person who has made a complaint against him

  • He will not visit the retreat centre

  • The abbot reserves the right to examine his computer at any time

  • He may wear the habit in the monastery but not when he goes out

  • (If a priest) He may celebrate Mass in the private oratory

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  • He may attend community Mass in the church but not concelebrate

  • The contract is reviewed every year

  • The abbot reserves the right to verify any medical appointments



  • The abbot’s council – The Seniorate – decides if the agreed plan has been adhered to or not

    Sanctions include:

  • Removal of privileges around visits

  • Removal of right of residency

  • For a serious breach a process of expulsion from the order

Yearly review

Yearly Review

  • The seniorate review the plan annually

  • The monk is invited to make a submission and even suggest changes to the plan

Our recent review

Our recent review

  • Several changes were requested

  • The seniorate considered the requests

  • These were sent to NCMRG in Maynooth

  • NCMRG met and considered the requests

  • Written advice was forwarded to Glenstal

  • The proposed changes were notified to the Gardaí & HSE for their approval

  • Revised management plan

Revised plan three changes

Revised plan – three changes

  • The monk may leave the monastery unaccompanied when returning the same day

  • He may attend monastic community functions in the school buildings

  • He may visit guests of his resident in the Retreat Centre if no minors are in residence

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Group Work

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From the update you have received and based on the information you had from session 1 :

Decide what other steps need to be taken

Write a case management plan

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Panel Discussion

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