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Costigane, Helen (2006) Religious Orders and the Criminal Records Bureau. Ecclesiastical Law Journal, 8 (38), pp. 323-332. [Journal Article]

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    Abstract

    Recent scandals in the churches relating to the abuse of children and vulnerable adults have led to a desire to protect those to whom the churches minister by putting in place safeguards which screen out those not suitable to work in this capacity. For the Roman Catholic Church, the implementation of the Nolan Report has been a key part of this process, together with the setting up of the Catholic Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults(COPCA). The Conference of Religious (the representative body of priests, sisters and brothers who belong to religious orders) has also been involve in ongoing dialogue with diocesan bishops about how the recommendations of the Nolan Report might best be implemented At the same time, concerns have been raised about whether some of the measures being implemented compromise important principles of privacy and confidentiality. This discussion looks at this from the particular viewpoint of a nun1 who does not work with children or vulnerable adults, and explores whether she is required to undergo checks by the Criminal Records Bureau simply by virtue of being a nun.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Ecclesiastical Law Journal
    Department: Pastoral and Social Studies
    Depositing User: Dr Helen Costigane
    Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2010 14:56
    Last Modified: 17 Nov 2016 12:35
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/163

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