New Church policy aims for abuse "never again"

Recognising that the Church cannot "get away" from past sex abuse controversies, the South Australian Catholic Child Protection Council has launched a child protection policy "to ensure that [abuse] never happens again".

The policy, said to be the first of its kind in Australia, aims to provide operational guidelines for Catholic church bodies and agencies to care for children, The Australian reports.

Council chairwoman, Prue McEvoy, says the policy aims to ensure child sex abuse does not happen in the Catholic Church again.

"We can't get away from what's happened in the past," she said.

"But it's also important to recognise that we can move on from what has happened in the past and ensure that that never happens again.

"But also ensure that we take child protection in its broader sense extremely seriously."

The Council was established late in 2004 to oversee the safety of children and is chaired by Dr McEvoy, an eminent child psychiatrist.

The aim of the council is to prevent child abuse and ensure the Adelaide archdiocese responds properly to concerns and any allegations.

Membership of the Council includes community representatives with expertise in law, social work, policy, psychology and advocacy, each of whom have been appointed by Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson, the recently elected President of the Bishops' conference.

Catholic church moves on abuse (Australian, 3/9/06)
Catholic Church sets out child protection policy (ABC News Online, 3/9/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Federation of Catholic school parent communities AGM 2005)
Church Child Abuse Council (The Advertiser 27/8/04)

Pope authorises indulgences for Adelaide Day of Sick (CathNews, 6/2/06)

4 Sep 2006