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Survivors

Towards Peace values collaboration and consultation with all who are involved in the healing process – especially those who have been harmed by Church personnel in Ireland.  The realities, hopes and insights of survivors of abuse are central to the ongoing development of Towards Peace.

 

Oversight Committee  Click here for bios.

In October 2018 an Oversight Committee comprising six members was established to replace the thirteen member Board of Towards Peace.

The Committee includes a representative from the Irish Episcopal Conference, a representative from AMRI and four others including a survivor, all of whom are committed to spiritual accompaniment, consistent with restoring a healthy relationship with God and with others.

 

Staff – Click here for bio.

One lay part-time staff member is currently employed by Towards Peace.

 

Spiritual Companions

Towards Peace has established a panel of spiritual companions who are women and men, lay people, religious brothers and sisters and priests – from the Christian tradition. The panel of spiritual companions is dispersed throughout the island of Ireland. They hold a qualification in spiritual direction, a commitment to ongoing specialised training to work with people who have been abused by Church personnel in Ireland, and are in regular supervision. All Towards Peace spiritual companions are members of AISGA (All Ireland Spiritual Guide Association) and abide by the AISGA Code of Ethics.

Supervisors

 As well has having their own individual supervisors the Towards Peace spiritual companions have access to two in-house supervisors, each of whom hold qualifications in supervision and are members of SAI –  Supervisors Association of Ireland.

SAI is an inclusive interdisciplinary, international learning group which promotes cross-professional supervision, a self-governing professional organisation for supervisors which upholds a Code of Ethics and standards amongst its members

 

Partnerships

The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI) has three main aims: (1) To offer advice on best practice in Safeguarding Children; (2) To assist in the development of Safeguarding policy, procedures and practice; and (3) To monitor practice in relation to Safeguarding Children. It is funded by the IEC and AMRI.  More information can be found at www.safeguarding.ie.

Towards Healing is an organisation that has expertise in providing a compassionate response to adults who have experienced abuse as children. It offers direct services to survivors through a range of counselling, psychotherapy, helpline and restorative approaches. It is funded by the IEC and AMRI. More information can be found at www.towardshealing.ie.

 

Funders

Towards Peace is funded by the Irish Episcopal Conference (IEC) and the Association of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI).

 

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