Operation Protea Report on 'blind reporting' released in NSW
Late last week the NSW Police Integrity Commission (PIC) released its report into the involvement of NSW Police with the Catholic Church's Professional Standards Resource Group (PSRG) and Professional Standards Office (PSO) in NSW on what is known as 'blind reporting' of historic child sexual abuse allegations.
The investigation followed three stories on Lateline in mid-2013 in which it was claimed the Church in NSW 'had tried to strike a secret agreement with the NSW Police to allow it to withhold information about paedophile priests'.
Blind reporting is a practise unique to NSW of reporting an allegation of sexual abuse to the police without identifying the victim. All other information, including the name of the perpetrator, is provided.
Late last week the NSW Police Integrity Commission released its report into the involvement of NSW Police with the Catholic Church's Professional Standards Resource Group and Professional Standards Office in NSW.
The report looks into what is known as the 'blind reporting' of historic child sexual abuse allegations to the police. It has made a number of findings which will have a direct impact on the way Church authorities report historic cases of child sexual abuse to the police.
Also this week at CRA's National Assembly I heard US Josephite sister, Dr Carol Zinn speak about the challenges facing religious life and religious leaders. Sr Annette Cunliffe talked about the impact of the Royal Commission on the National Committee for Professional Standards and outlined steps towards reform.
Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council and Sr Annette Cunliffe from the National Committee for Professional Standards spoke this week at Catholic Religious Australia's National Assembly in Brisbane.
Together they provided an update to around 180 people in religious leadership on plans for a new national Church body that will set, audit and publicly report on measures that further ensure safety for children and vulnerable people in Church institutions.
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