The CEO of the Catholic Church’s new professional standards watchdog, Ms Sheree Limbrick, recently meet with senior Church leaders in Adelaide ahead of the roll out of the Church’s new standard setting, auditing and reporting agency.

Speaking to representatives of the Adelaide Archdiocese, Ms Limbrick said Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL) will bring about new levels of transparency and accountability to the way in which Bishops and Congregation leaders manage their child protection and vulnerable adult services.

CPSL is a new independent company established by the Catholic Church in Australia in November 2016 to develop, audit and report on compliance with professional standards across Catholic entities.

Ms Limbrick said CPSL was “functionally independent” and that it is a significant development in the Church’s approach to protecting children and vulnerable adults.

“Our mission is to promote the dignity and welfare of anyone who comes into contact with the Church and its work, especially the young and vulnerable,” she told the Diocesan gathering.

“This could be in a parish, a Catholic school, welfare or health service or any one of the many other Catholic services and activities that reach into the community.

“At the very centre of our work is ensuring Church leaders are accountable for the child protection activities under their jurisdiction.

“We will be auditing and reporting publically on how they manage these services and if they are below an acceptable level we will say so,” she said.

Ms Limbrick and the CPSL team will be spending the next several months consulting with groups and individuals around Australia about the development of new Professional Standards and in particular how they will work in the context of the Church.

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