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Irish bishops set up child protection office


The Irish bishops' conference has announced that it is to set up a child protection office and a bishops' committee on child protection.

The Tablet reports that the first director of the child protection office is to be a layman, Paul Bailey, a former president of the Irish Association of Care Workers.

The bishops' committee, chaired by the Dublin auxiliary bishop, Eamonn Walsh, will review and update the 1996 guidelines Child Abuse: framework for a church response.

The bishops have also commissioned a research project on child sexual abuse from the psychology department of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The research team is expected to publish its report in early 2003.


Tablet


26-Jun-01