Church in Australia announces new national protocol for addressing child sexual abuse

Vatican News

January 28, 2021

The Australian bishops have released information regarding a new national protocol for addressing child sexual abuse, due to take over past protocols as of 1 February.

In a media release published on Thursday, the Catholic Bishops of Australia have announced the release of a new protocol aimed at providing “a framework for Catholic entities across Australia to respond consistently to people raising concerns or allegations of child sexual abuse”.

Due to come into effect as of next week, the Bishops write that “the National Response Protocol, which was adopted by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference at its November 2020 plenary meeting, is the product of two years of work and widespread consultation within and beyond the Church”.

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