A former West Australian public servant and administrator has been appointed to the Church’s independent child protection standards, auditing and reporting organisation. Source: CPSL.
Dr Ruth Shean, the former WA Commissioner for Public Sector Standards with responsibility for oversight of legislative and regulatory standards in the WA public sector, will join the board of Catholic Professional Standards Limited (CPSL) from February 1.
CPSL represents a new national Church approach to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable people.
It was established by the Church in Australia in the wake of the Royal Commission into Institutional Reponses to Child Sexual Abuse, and its revelations of institutional failure in the management and response to abuse claims within Catholic schools, parishes, homes and organisations.
CPSL's charter also extends to the protection of other vulnerable people who might come into contact with the Church, but in the short term the protection of children will be the priority as it develops, audits and reports on compliance with professional standards across Catholic entities.
Dr Shean said she is looking forward to playing an important role in helping strengthen child and vulnerable adult protections within the Church.
“CPSL is highly significant within the Catholic Church, and also more broadly across Australia. I am privileged to be part of this important work,” Dr Shean said.
“I am confident that CPSL will place a new level of accountability and transparency on the protection of children and vulnerable adults throughout our nation.”
CPSL chair Geoff Giudice, said Dr Shean comes to the board with a wealth of experience involved in governance and leadership issues at the highest levels of government and in the non-profit sector.
“Dr Shean brings to the Board of CPSL her extensive experience and understanding of the vitally important governance and management issues that appropriate and effective child protection policies and procedures must be built on,” he said.
“She is an important addition to the CPSL board and will blend very well with our current board directors to provide expert guidance as we carry out the functions of CPSL.”