Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, the Catholic Archbishop of Perth, launched a Safeguarding Project at t St Mary's Cathedral in Perth last Sunday 5 July, as a bold response to protect children and prevent further abuse. This is the first diocesan project of its kind in Australia and will provide for responsible child safeguarding officers in all its parishes.
This week the Archbishop of Perth, Timothy Costello, launched a new child safeguarding program that will see at least two trained safeguarding officers in each of the Archdiocese's 105 parishes.
And also this week the Christian Brothers said they have finalise around half of the settlement cases it has revisited following the Royal Commission hearing last year into orphanages and farm schools the Brothers ran during the second half of last century.
Last weekend Commissioner McClellan gave a speech to the Care Leavers Australia Network in Geelong where he revealed that at least one third of the Commission's private sessions, and at least 37% of the allegations it had received relate to Catholic institutions.
Royal Commission running out of time to hear child sex abuse victims
Royal Commission Chair Justice Peter McClellan addressed a forum in Geelong on the weekend organised by Care Leavers Australasia Network, for people abused in orphanages, children's homes and foster care.
Christian Brothers have re examined 50 per cent of WA cases
The Christian Brothers Oceania have re-examined about 50 per cent of past settled matters in Western Australia, in line with undertakings made at the Royal Commission hearing in Perth to re-examine those cases of former students that had been 'settled on demonstrably unjust and unreasonably low terms'.
Meanwhile the West Australian reports a former resident of a Christian Brothers boys' home has launched a Supreme Court bid for damages over claims of sadistic sexual abuse by three brothers more than 40 years ago. A writ filed recently outlines the Perth man's claims of psychiatric and psychological harm from the abuse he alleges was inflicted at Castledare Boys Home by Brothers Verdon, Dick and Daly between 1971 and 1973.
Pontifical university plans to offer diploma in child protection by 2016
A new one semester diploma course in the protection of minors is being offered by the Center for Child Protection in Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University, and is set to welcome its first round of applicants in February, 2016.