July 1, 2018
By Giselle Wakatama and Liz Farquhar
Prominent Hunter Valley clerical abuse survivors will boycott a Catholic safeguarding standards forum, saying it is a sham that lacks independence.
A consultation forum will be held in Newcastle today as part of an Australia-wide engagement with survivors of child sexual abuse, advocates, Catholic Church personnel and others to discuss draft national Catholic safeguarding standards.
The standards are being developed by the company Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL), established by the Catholic Church as part of its response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to develop, audit and report on compliance with professional safeguarding standards across Catholic entities.
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