Safeguarding - Child protection policy
The Order of Augustinian Recollects carries out its educational and pastoral work in America, Europe and Asia. Together with the Augustinian Recollect Family, it attends more than 100 educational centers where thousands of students are formed thanks to the work of teaching and non-teaching personnel. faced with this reality, and with the objective of offering an education and pastoral care where the fundamental thing is the person, the Order of Augustinian Recollects wants to promote a Policy of Protection of the Minor, inspired by the defense and promotion of the rights of the child. The main purpose is to encourage good treatment of minors in order to protect them from the risk of institutional mistreatment. We want to protect our children and adolescents from the risk of physical, psychological or sexual abuse within the institutions of the Order. We also seek to protect all those around us from possible misunderstandings, suspicions or false accusations.
This Policy subscribes to the obligations and responsibilities of the organization, lists the measures that will be implemented for the protection of the Child from all types of abuse. It defines the preventive and corrective actions to be established. It presents the protocols to be followed in case of suspicion or confirmation of an abuse and contributes to the creation of a more protective environment at different levels. It also seeks to protect the good name of all those linked to the Order and the Church, offering a guarantee to all those who trust in us.
The proposal of this Policy is approached in a positive sense: proactive vs. reactive (scandals); transversal vs. unidirectional (management only); educational vs. directive (personal growth of all); preventive (strengthening values and opportunities for improvement); from diverse complementary approaches (law, resilience, pedagogy, spirituality).
A religious institution such as ours must prevent criminal conduct by its superiors and employees or collaborators. To this end, it must effectively adopt and implement organizational and management models that include appropriate surveillance and control measures to prevent crimes of the same nature, in addition to supervising the operation and compliance with the prevention model implemented.
As the Constitutions of the Order remind us, "the Augustinian Recollect spirit shines forth in apostolic activities following the example of St. Augustine, pastor of the Church, who always attentive to the greatest good of the universal Church, loved all men with vehement charity, promoting with healthy diligence the good of all". This is what we intend to strengthen with the implementation of this Policy.
For more information, visit the webpage of the Commission for the Protection of Minors of the Order.