“The mission of the Church and the many community services it entails require us to collect and hold the personal information of the many thousands of people with whom we deal.
But respect for a person’s dignity and individual rights flow from the heart of our Christian faith. Therefore I want to make clear that the Archdiocese will do all it can to comply with the requirements of the Privacy Act and the Australian Privacy Principles.”
-Archbishop of Brisbane
We here at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish as part of the Archdiocese of Brisbane MUST ABIDE BY AND ADHERE TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE PRIVACY ACT AND THE AUSTRALIAN PRIVACY PRINCIPLES.
The Privacy Act impacts upon us all today and if you wish to peruse the Compliance Requirements and the Privacy Act, please go to the Archdiocesan Website www.bne.catholic.net.au.
SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS – PREVENTION AND PROTECTION POLICY
The Archdiocese of Brisbane is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. The policy applies to everyone who works in the pastoral structure of the Archdiocese.
This policy applies to clergy, religious, employees, parishioners, students on placement and volunteers in parishes and agencies of the Archdiocese and visitors to our sites.
…for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.
Children, young people and vulnerable adults are a gift from God with an intrinsic right to dignity of life, respect and security from physical and emotional harm. They are to be treasured, nurtured and safeguarded.
This means that everyone in the church must ensure that the fundamental rights of children, young people and vulnerable adults are respected. This will be achieved through the development of respectful relationships and a commitment to safety embracing appropriate boundaries, behaviours and practices, in accordance with the Archdiocese of Brisbane Code of Ethical Behaviour for employees and volunteers who work in service of the Church as well as adherence to the legislative imperatives of the State.
This policy statement is approved by Archbishop Mark Coleridge for mandatory implementation by the Church and its agencies throughout the Archdiocese of Brisbane. The Archdiocese is committed to safeguarding children through vigilant prevention and protection practices as prescribed by the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference and legislation.
We here at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish as part of the Archdiocese of Brisbane ABIDE BY AND ADHERE TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS – PREVENTION AND PROTECTION POLICY.
The Catholic Church in Australia acknowledges with deep sadness and regret that a number of clergy and religious and other Church personnel have abused children, young people and adults who have been in their pastoral care. The Church is committed to offering whatever healing is possible to victims of abuse and preventing abuse in the future.
If you, or someone that you know, has been the victim of abuse by Church personnel you should report the matter directly to the police for investigation. Alternatively, you can contact your local Church Authority or the Queensland Professional Standards Office who will assist you to report the matter to the police.
The Queensland Professional Standards Office is responsible for managing the Towards Healing process. The Office is independent of Church Authorities, and a neutral party, which ensures that proper processes are followed, and the matter is resolved as quickly as is possible in the circumstances. The Professional Standards Office is committed to making balanced and well-informed decisions and will manage the process fairly and impartially. You can contact the Queensland Professional Standards Office by:
1800 337 928 (free call – QLD callers only)
(07) 3336 9474 (interstate callers)
PO Box 3264
Brisbane QLD 4001
Office Hours 9:00am to 4:00pm
Monday to Friday (excepting public holidays)
You may also contact your local Church representative who is required to refer the matter to his or her Church Authority and/or the Professional Standards Office.
For more information on the Towards Healing process go to the Queensland Professional website at www.psoqld.catholic.net.au.
The Church strongly encourages victims of abuse by Church personnel to report the matter directly to the police for investigation.
Truth, Justice and Healing Council
More information may be obtained by accessing their web site: http://www.tjhcouncil.org.au/