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Safeguarding Synod

Papal commission asks Synod to make safeguarding a bigger priority

The Synod on Synodality should dedicate substantial discussion to addressing sexual abuse in the Church and include the voices of survivors, the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors said in a statement released yesterday. Source: NCR Online.

Abuse crisis Safeguarding

All of society must address child sexual abuse: Pope

The scourge of child sexual abuse must be addressed by society at large, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: Vatican News.

Safeguarding Western Australia

Archbishop Costelloe testifies before WA abuse inquiry

Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB testified yesterday before an inquiry into the options available to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse in Western Australia who are seeking justice. Source: ABC News.


ACSL publishes safeguarding review for Carmelite Sisters Goonellabah

Australian Catholic Safeguarding Ltd has this week published a safeguarding review for the Order of Discalced Carmelite Nuns Goonellabah.


Bishops Conference and CRA publish royal commission update

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia have published a report updating the Church’s progress in implementing the relevant recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.


Government looks for ways to stop kids accessing pornography

Digital IDs, voice scans and facial recognition software could be considered as part of an “age assurance” trial under consideration by the Commonwealth in a bid to stop children accessing pornography online. Source: The Australian.

In The Dioceses Safeguarding

Independent accreditation organisation praises commitment of Archdiocese 

Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese has demonstrated a commitment to being leaders in the field of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, an independent accreditation organisation has found. Source: Catholic Voice.


Top marks for Congregation of Mary Queen of Peace in safety audit

A safeguarding audit of the Canberra-based Congregation of Mary Queen of Peace has found policies and procedures to keep children and adults at risk safe are developed and in place throughout the entity’s Australian operations.


Papal commission seeks public input on safeguarding principles

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors is inviting public comment on a proposed set of principles for Church bodies to reflect in their safeguarding guidelines. Source: NCR Online.