Australia’s Catholic Church ‘behind in protecting children from sexual abuse’

SBS (Special Broadcasting Service)

September 13, 2017

A five-year Australian research project has found the Australian Catholic Church is behind other countries when it comes to safeguarding children from abuse.

The Catholic Church in Australia lags significantly behind other countries in protecting children from sexual abuse, researchers say.

Far from being a leader in child protection, the Australian church has been pushed into acting and needs to do much more work, the study of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church worldwide has found.

The Catholic Church in Australia has lagged significantly behind other comparable countries in developing policies and protocols to safeguard children and vulnerable adults, the researchers from Melbourne’s RMIT University say.

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