Child Protection

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta has strict protocols and procedures in place for managing child protection matters. The safety and wellbeing of young people in our care is our highest priority and we take very seriously any breach by school personnel.

See: Child Protection Procedures

Each Catholic school community has a duty of care to provide a safe learning environment that affirms the dignity and integrity of each person. The whole school community contributes to the wellbeing of students. It is expected that all employees are aware of procedures and model positive, professional relationships.

These procedures must be followed when dealing with disclosures of concerns relating to children and young persons and allegations relating to the conduct of employees. The procedures demonstrate Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta’s (CEDP) commitment to protect the safety and wellbeing of students and to support the work of employees working with children and young people in an educational setting.

If anyone has any concerns or allegations of a criminal nature please take them directly to the NSW Police.


Office of Safeguarding and Professional Standards

In addition to our own protocols and processes we are working with the Diocese of Parramatta's Office for Safeguarding and Professional Standards. The Office is working across all agencies and ministries of the Diocese of Parramatta to implement further proactive strategies to educate clergy, religious leaders and staff; provide increased transparency and accountability in the process of managing professional standards issues; and most importantly, provide support or assistance for those who have suffered abuse and their families.

The Director of the Office for Safeguarding and Professional Standards for the Diocese of Parramatta is Mr Paul Davis.

  • Diocesan Office: Level 2, 12 Victoria Road, Parramatta, NSW, 2150
  • Postal Address: PO Box 3066, North Parramatta, NSW, 1750
  • Phone: (02) 8838 3400
  • Email: PDavis@parra.catholic.org.au

Support services are also available via CatholicCare Social Services via their Helpline on (02) 9933 0233.


Royal Commission

On 11 January 2013, the Australian Government formally announced the establishment of a Royal Commission into the way institutions with a responsibility for children have managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse.

 
   
  
 

Statements & Messages

David Kisun

7 March 2016
Statement from Executive Director of Schools, Greg Whitby regarding former teacher, David Kisun who has been charged with historical child sexual abuse offences in ACT.

 

Michael Stanton

7 March 2016

Statement from Very Rev Peter G Williams, Diocesan Administrator on the sentencing of former Patrician Brother, Michael Stanton in relation to historical offences at Patrician Brothers College, Blacktown.

Patrician Brothers Statement

13 October 2015

Statement from the Patrician Brothers in relation to a former Brother who has pleaded guilty to child-related offences while teaching at Patrician Brothers College, Blacktown in the early 1980s. The former Brother also taught at Patrician Brothers, Granville (no longer open) in the late 1970s.

If you or someone close to you has suffered any abuse by a representative of the Catholic Church (school, parish, other Catholic group) in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains we invite you to contact the Office of Safeguarding and Professional Standards via (02) 9933 0233 or email safeguarding@parra.catholic.org.au or contact the NSW Police.

 

Br Martin Harmata FSP

26 September 2013

A former teacher at Patrician Brothers’ College, Blacktown, Br Martin Harmata FSP, has received a lengthy jail term after pleading guilty to a number of serious historical offences against students of the College in the 1980s. I hope and pray that this will provide some measure of justice for all those who are the victims of such crimes.
Download the Bishop’s statement Download the Bishop’s statement

 

Alan Pollock

15 September 2014

A former staff member working in the Diocese pleaded guilty to a number of serious historical offences relating to students in two Catholic schools in the 1980s.
Download statement from the Executive Director of Schools

 
   
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