Launch marks another step forward in child protection

Fr David Ranson, Robert Fitzgerald and Jodie Crisafulli at the launch (Broken Bay Diocese)

Broken Bay Diocese officially launched its new Diocesan Office for Safeguarding last night, following an extensive review of its safeguarding structures. Source: Broken Bay News.

The new office forms part of the diocese’s commitment to fostering a culture of safety and care for children and vulnerable people.

Robert Fitzgerald, a commissioner with the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and more than 80 clergy, principals, parish representatives and staff from across the diocese attended the launch in Waitara, in Sydney's upper North Shore.

The office is part of the diocese's integrated model of safeguarding that will draw together the work being done in the areas of safeguarding, child protection and professional standards across all sectors. It is a significant direction for the Diocese put in place by former Broken Bay Bishop Peter A. Comensoli, before his appointment as Archbishop of Melbourne.

Diocesan Administrator Fr David Ranson welcomed the new structure.

“It is very fitting and appropriate that we make this announcement during our diocesan month for safeguarding awareness and education,” Fr Ranson said.

“This new structure and organisation – along with a Safeguarding Charter launched tonight, represent Bishop Peter’s resolute commitment to this area and are one of his most enduring legacies to our diocese.”

Mr Fitzgerald praised Broken Bay for accepting the recommendations of the review and commitment to building a new culture from the new structure.

“The harm and hurt is now part of our Church. It is now part of our mission. It is not about moving on from it but how we incorporate it into our lives. Trauma is never left behind to move on. A survivor carries it always as part of them. The Church is now in the same place.”

Newly appointed diocesan director for the Office for Safeguarding, Jodie Crisafulli, will direct and oversee a consistent and accountable approach for safeguarding and professional standards across the entire diocese, including clergy, parishes, schools, CatholicCare and chancery offices.

Ms Crisafulli will be supported by three safeguarding managers representing the chancery, CatholicCare and the Catholic Schools Office, along with specialised staff embedded in these agencies. The managers in turn will be informed by a Safeguarding Strategic Advisory Panel and will also be accountable to a Safeguarding Panel of Review.


Launch of new Diocesan Office for Safeguarding in Broken Bay (Diocese of Broken Bay)

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