The final report released by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse states that “a child safe institution promotes and provides regular ongoing development opportunities for its staff and volunteers through education and training, beginning with induction. Child safe institutions are ‘learning institutions’, where staff and volunteers at all levels are continually building their ability and capacity to protect children from harm” (Vol 6, p428, 2017). The Chancery and Parish Education and Awareness curriculum is broader to include material regarding the prevention of harm to vulnerable persons.
The Chancery and Parish Education and Awareness Program has been developed to ensure Clergy, Chancery and Parish workers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and vulnerable adults safe through continual education and training (Royal Commission, Standard 7, Vol 6 p 428, 2017).
Throughout the month of September the agencies of the Diocese of Broken Bay, CatholicCare, Catholic Schools Office, Chancery Offices and
Parishes, promote scheduled events that highlight the importance of Safeguarding. If you require further information about this year’s program for Safeguarding Month please contact
the relevant Diocesan agency office.
Liturgy for victims and survivors of abuse:
A public acknowledgment of the pain and suffering of those who have been wounded by abuse in the Catholic Church, and an expression of commitment to ensure the ongoing protection and safety of children and vulnerable adults, is the foundation of an annual Diocesan Liturgy held during Safeguarding Month. This significant event brings together Clergy, parishioners and the wider community.
In 2016, the first Liturgy, that of Lament and Hope, was celebrated by Bishop Peter. Last year in 2017 the Diocese celebrated a Liturgy of Compassion and Commitment. During September of this year 2018, the Diocese will come together to remember and pray for victims and survivors of abuse.
If you require further information about this year’s liturgy please contact
the Office for Safeguarding & Professional Standards.
Reflections by Very Rev Dr David Ranson: Moral Issues of our Times (2018)