Posts Tagged ‘Child protection’

Risk of child-adult mistrust from protection ‘industry’

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

An Irish church head has warned of the risk of a generation of children being deprived of normal interaction with adults because of a protection “industry”. Church of Ireland primate Archbishop Richard Clarke expressed his concerns during his church’s general synod, the Irish Times reported. While emphasising the necessity for strong child protection measures, he Read more

PNG and Solomons Church launches child protection policy

Friday, February 27th, 2015

The Catholic Church of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands launched its first child protection policy on February 24. The policy outlines clear steps for investigating abuse within the Church and encourages members of report abuse. Br Frank Hough, who helped formulate the new policy, said he hoped Church members would find reporting abuse less Read more

Church workers and volunteers required to have background checks

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Several of New Zealand’s Catholic bishops are pushing for widespread background checks, with a focus on anyone who works with children. In the Archdiocese of Wellington anyone who works or volunteers for the church and will have to undergo a fresh check every three years. Wellington archdiocese Director of Projects and Administration, Dave Mullin, said Read more

Pope wants ‘decisive action’ on clerical sex abuse

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

In his first public statement on the subject, Pope Francis has called for the Church to continue “decisive action” against clerical sex abuse. The Pope asked the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Gerhard Müller, to “continue the line desired by Benedict XVI of decisive action regarding cases of sexual Read more

Church in Scotland again criticised over abuse cases

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

The Catholic Church in Scotland has come in for further criticism of its child protection procedures, with a former consultant revealing that the Church has been unable to produce the annual audits of abuse claims that it promised in 1996. The former child protection consultant, Alan Draper, who worked for the Motherwell diocese for seven Read more

What should the Church do with abusers afterwards?

Friday, November 9th, 2012

The steps taken in the last 30 years to prevent the devastating trauma of child sexual abuse are making a difference. From 1990 to 2010, substantiated cases of child sexual abuse throughout the United States dropped 62 percent, according to experts David Finkelhor and Lisa Jones using a variety of sources including national surveys, FBI Read more

US report warns of child protection complacency

Friday, April 13th, 2012

A finding from the annual child safety compliance plan of the US Conference of Catholic bishops warns of a “growing complacency” about child protection. The report mentions around 30 dioceses as failing to provide safe environment training for all children in parishes or schools. The auditors said several dioceses assumed that the children had undergone the training Read more

Dublin Archdiocese on brink of financial collapse

Friday, August 19th, 2011

The Dublin Archdiocese could be on the verge of financial collapse as it tries to manage the child abuse payouts. Declining numbers of Catholics attending Mass and fewer donations are also significant contributing factors. The Irish Catholic reports that reserves built up by the diocese have been spent. A senior administrator for the archdiocese said Read more

Failing to protect a child – MPs’ opinions

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

A new parliamentary bill that creates a new offense with a maximum of 10 years in jail for failing to protect a child or vulnerable adult from serious harm by a member of the same household as the victim has passed its first reading. Speaking to the Bill Simon Power said “We need legislation that gives a Read more

But who shepherds the shepherds? Guidelines for handling sex abuse

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The Vatican’s  circular letter to all Bishops’ conferences to assist them to develop guidelines for dealing with cases of sexual abuse of minors by clergy  has received a mixed reaction. The general consensus is that it is a step in the right direction but the guidelines for handling sex abuse leave a key issue unaddressed – Read more