Safeguarding

  • Catholic Schools must continue to focus on safeguarding children

      Ms Sheree Limbrick, head of the Catholic Church’s new safeguarding body, Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL), has told teachers, principals and others in Cairns that while Catholic schools are further advanced in establishing safeguarding practices for children, there is always more that can be done. Ms Limbrick, CEO...
  • Driving a cultural shift: “Child protection is everybody’s business”

    Claire Pirola is the new Manager of the Office for Safeguarding and Professional Standards. She comes to the Diocese of Parramatta from the Catholic Education Office in the Archdiocese of Sydney, where she worked for three years as part of the Safety, Wellbeing and Professional Services Team. Claire’s role...
  • Child sexual abuse: are churches covering up or opening up?

    Story originally published in the SMH By John McMillan Recent media coverage of Cardinal George Pell’s recall to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has ignited public debate on whether churches are willing to face up to child sexual abuse. Tim Minchin’s “musical attack” on...
  • Safeguarding Support for Ministry

    The Diocese of Parramatta gives the highest priority to ensuring that ministry in the Diocese is safe for all of those who lead or engage in it. I wish to acknowledge the vision and commitment of our Diocesan Administrator, the Very Rev Fr Peter G Williams who ensures that...