Protocols will be drafted to ensure schools informed

The Catholic Education Office head Pat Lynch says some protocols will be drafted to ensure parishes inform schools if one of its volunteers or members has been convicted of paedophilia.

He was responding to concern that pupils from an Upper Hutt Catholic primary school went to a prayer group that included a convicted paedophile

St Joseph’s Primary School in Upper Hutt says the nearby parish knew about the man’s convictions but never warned the school.

St Joseph’s parish says it did not warn the school as there were no rules requiring it to do so.

The Catholic Education Office says that while that’s true, it would have been prudent to keep the man well away from children.

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