The Missionaries of God’s Love have shown strong compliance with the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards, according to a safeguarding audit report released today. Source: Catholic Professional Standards Ltd.
The audit found that MGL had either implemented or was substantially progressed in the implementation of all 108 (100 per cent) of the indicators relevant to them under the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards.
Catholic Professional Standards Ltd chief Sheree Limbrick said that this is an impressive result given that MGL are a relatively young religious institute, with two seminary formation houses and with members working in a variety of ministries, including as parish priests in Catholic dioceses across Australia.
“The results show what can be achieved with targeted effort. As MGL performs a variety of mission works, including youth ministry and street ministry, having these safeguarding practices in place is critical,” Ms Limbrick said.
“There were a range of notable strengths identified. The audit found that MGL is well progressed in the development of a formal risk management framework, which includes its Australian activities as well as ministries in the Philippines and Indonesia. Overseas personnel have a strong understanding of safeguarding requirements and how these can be practically applied within their local context.”
Ms Limbrick said the audit also found that MGL had strategies in place obtain feedback on safeguarding policies and practices.