The National Catholic Education Commission says the Church’s decision to create a single national child safety office will help provide streamlined support to Catholic schools. Source: The Australian.
By Victoria Laurie, The Australian
Catholic Professional Standards Limited was established in consultation with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to audit and report on child safety standards within the Catholic Church.
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference confirmed on Monday it will create a new national body to replace the CPSL by January. Archbishop Mark Coleridge, conference president, says it will reduce costs to the Church and form “a comprehensive response to safeguarding and professional standards needs.”
Catholic Education’s executive director Jacinta Collins says she welcomes the creation of a new single entity “to help provide streamlined support to Catholic schools in keeping children and vulnerable adults safe”.
“The royal commission identified the need for institutions to have stronger leadership and governance processes to address child safety failings,” Ms Collins said.
“A consolidated national office will provide greater clarity and shine a light on the areas that still need to be addressed.”
John Warhurst, chairman of Concerned Catholics Canberra-Goulburn, says the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has not provided Catholics with any detail about how the new national body will operate.
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