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CCSP Statement on the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse

Statement on the Royal Commission for Families

The Council of Catholic School Parents [CCSP] welcomes the Royal Commission, which is inquiring into how institutions with a responsibility for children have managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse. 

The CCSP acknowledges the sadness and deep concern among families regarding the mishandling of abuse cases by the Catholic Church and other institutions. 

It is our sincere hope that victims and their families obtain a just hearing, for processes within institutions, including the Catholic Church, to be scrutinized and for the whole community to be confident in the way forward. 

There is never an acceptable excuse for those who have abused or would consider the abuse of young people. This breach of position of trust has led to unimaginable consequences for those young people and their families who have suffered as a result of these incidents of abuse. 

The CCSP recognises the significant progress made within the Catholic education community in New South Wales and nationally to strengthen the processes and practices that place the care, wellbeing and protection of our children and young people at the centre (some examples are given below). It is each child’s right to be safe at school and in the parish community. Parents and carers too have a right to expect that their children will be safe. It is the shared responsibility of all members of our Catholic communities to commit to meeting this fundamental obligation. 

As a Christian community we are committed to justice, support for, and sensitivity to those affected by abuse and to protecting the young people entrusted to the care of our Catholic schools and agencies from being exposed to situations where abuse may occur. 

The CCSP is committed to working with Catholic education authorities to ensure that the protection of children from abuse is the highest priority and that policies, processes and practices to support this obligation are robust, reviewed regularly and are transparent for families. 

If you would like more information on the Royal Commission or you wish to tell your story to the Royal Commission, please go to:
http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/tell-us-your-story/ 

For information on the Catholic Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council go to:
http://www.tjhcouncil.org.au/ 

Reporting abuse:
If you encounter or become aware of acts of child sexual abuse in a Catholic school or parish report it to the police immediately. They have the capability to rigorously investigate any claims of sexual abuse. Contact your local police station OR the Police Assistance line 131 444. 

You can report abuse to the Catholic Church by contacting Towards Healing (NSW & ACT). Some victims and survivors do elect to have the matter addressed by their Church. A person coming to the Church, however, is advised that criminal matters must be dealt with by the police.

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