New standards for a child-safe church - Opinion piece by CPSL CEO Sheree Limbrick

SourceEureka Street

Eighteen months after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse delivered its groundbreaking report, and nine months after the bishops and religious leaders responded to that report, Catholic Professional Standards Limited (CPSL) has published the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards (Safeguarding Standards).

Together, the ten standards published today provide the framework for each Catholic entity, ministry and organisation across the Catholic Church in Australia to place child safety at the core of how it plans, thinks and acts.

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More than rules, Church needs a change of heart

Source: Eureka Street

The National Catholic Safeguarding Standards launched today are the outcome of the work of Catholic Professional Standards Ltd, a body that has insisted it is 'functionally independent' from the institutional Australian Church. Questions have been asked about that independence, and will continue to be asked.

But other, more important, questions will be asked by many who read the Standards, or simply read that such standards have been issued in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

These questions will not arise out of a vacuum. They, just like the Standards themselves, have arisen out of a tragic context. The sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy and church personnel, and the cover-ups and denial that allowed it to continue, have become defining characteristics of the Church in our society.

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Catholic Safeguarding Standards another step forward for the Catholic Church


Bishop Bill Wright of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has welcomed the release by Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL) of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards.

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Church rolls on with its safety plans aimed at tightening protection and governance

Source: The Catholic Leader

The Church is pushing ahead with historic safeguarding measures aimed at tightening protection and governance – in line with recommendations of Australia’s Royal Commission into child sexual abuse.

The National Catholic Safeguarding Standards – containing 10 criteria – is the latest tool to be adopted and, according to the presidents of Catholic Religious Australia and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, it marks the latest milestone in the Church’s ongoing response to child sexual abuse.

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