Australia’s bishops seeking ‘whole-of-Church’ approach for child protection

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Title: Australia’s bishops seeking ‘whole-of-Church’ approach for child protection

Author: Christopher White

Publisher: Crux

Date: 28MAY2020

Plans are moving forward for the establishment of a national system for child protection within the Australian Catholic Church, according to a report following the meeting of the country’s Catholic bishops earlier this month.

The “National Response Protocol,” will develop a comprehensive system for reporting complaints of clergy abuse or misconduct and establish new guidelines for child protection policies.

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, current president of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, said that the new system will model a “whole-of-Church” approach, and involve key stakeholders from various sectors, including victim survivors and their families.

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