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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Church launches new Child protection company, Changes to Melb Response, Frankly speaking and more


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Church launches new company to protect children and vulnerable adults

The Catholic Church has established a new independent agency that will set, audit and report the complience of diocese and religious orders with child and vulnerable adult protection standards.

It will provide, for the first time, a transparent and rigorous process by which the community can determine if a diocese or religious order is fully compliant with both statutory child protection requirements and also standards designed specifically for Catholic bodies such as seminaries and parishes.

Read ACBC CRA media release

Catholic Professional Standards - FAQs

Read TJHC media release

Catholic Church sets up new standards body
AAP - 22 November 2016

Catholic Church to establish new, 'functionally independent' company to name and shame code of conduct violators
ABC World Today  - 22 November 2016

Listen to extended interview with Archbishop Mark Coleridge talking about Catholic Professional Standards

   

Melbourne Response redress cap doubled

The Archdiocese of Melbourne has doubled the maximum compensation payment to people sexually abused as children by clergy in the Melbourne Archdiocese to $150,000.

Abuse survivors who have already received payments under the Melbourne Response can also have their cases reviewed to determine if they are eligible for additional compensation.

Read Archbishop Hart's media statement

Read TJHC media release

Archdiocese doubles compo cap for clergy sex abuse victims
The Australian - 19 November 2016

Melbourne Catholic abuse compo to top $31m
AAP - 18 November 2016
 

   

Frankly speaking...

It has been a big week for the Catholic Church in Australia with two significant announcements – the launch of Catholic Professional Standards and the release of details around significant changes to the Melbourne Response.

Latest from the Council
 
 

Vic school students warned about grooming

Victorian secondary students will be instructed to watch for signs they are being groomed for sex, as new figures reveal that schools across the state reported 258 suspected cases of sexual abuse in 2015. 

In a suite of new guidelines published by the Education Department, students will be warned that a perpetrator could be "someone who you like or trust, someone you've known for a while" and that grooming was an adult's attempt "to prepare you … for sexual activity at a later time".

Keeping children safe from sexual abuse
Vic Govt media release 16 November 2016

Read new guidelines, resources and Child Safe Standards

Vic school students warned about grooming
The Age 16 November 2016

 
 

Commission public hearing into criminal justice issues

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney starting from Monday 28 November 2016 looking into the issues raised in the its consultation paper on criminal justice.

It will also examine the experience of a survivor in the criminal justice system in a recently concluded prosecution in New South Wales.

Read Commission's media release here

Read TJHC submission here 

Church wants abuse reporting laws changed
AAP  - 20 November 2016

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