13 Jun 2019

New child protection standards released

The Southern Cross  |  June 13 2019

New child protection standards released

The adoption of National Catholic Safeguarding Standards marks the latest milestone in the Church’s ongoing response to child sexual abuse.

Catholic Professional Standards Ltd, which was established in early 2017 to develop national safeguarding standards and audit Church authorities’ compliance with the guidelines, today released those standards and will later this year begin publishing reports on its audits.

“These National Catholic Safeguarding Standards draw from the Child Safe Standards outlined during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and align with the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations, but they provide additional criteria relevant to the governance of the Church,” Catholic Religious Australia president Monica Cavanagh rsj explained.

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