Thursday, December 1, 2016

Criminal Justice submissions published, Frankly Speaking and more

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New child safety standards for volunteers in Victorian Schools

Catholic school principals in Victoria will run rigorous background checks on parents volunteering at fetes, excursions and working bees, under child safety standards developed by the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria.

The new standards, which were developed earlier this year, will help principals meet the requirements of new State Government child protection legislation.

Guidelines on the engagement of volunteers in Catholic schools
Catholic Education Commission of Victoria

Volunteer parents screened at Catholic schools for child safety risk
The Age - 25 November 2016


Frankly speaking...

Late last week the Andrews Government in Victoria introduced a Bill into the Parliament that will create a new duty of care allowing an organisation to be held liable for child abuse committed by someone associated with the organisation.

And in early December the Salesians will be making a public apology and unveiling a 'sorry stone' plaque at the order's Salesian College in Sunbury to acknowledge past abuse in the order.

Together these are two very welcome developments.

Latest from the Council

New Victorian law to help child abuse survivors in Court

The Victorian Government has introduced new laws to better protect children from abuse.

The proposed law will create a 'duty of care' for organisations so they can be held accountable for the abuse of children.

The law will apply to all religious institutions, community organisations, childcare facilities and government bodies that exercise care, supervision or authority over children, and are capable of being sued.

An Australian first to protect children from abuse
Vic Govt media release - 22 November, 2016

TJHC welcomes new Victorian laws which reverse onus of proof in civil child abuse cases
Media release - 29 November 2016

Vic institutions accountable for abuse
AAP - 22 November 2016


Public hearing into Australia's criminal justice system

The Royal Commission is this week holding a public hearing looking into Australai's criminal justice system.

The hearing started on Monday  with the TJHC's CEO Francis Sullivan appearing today.

The Commission has also published more than 70 submissions it recieved to its consultation paper and following roundtables on criminal justice issues held earlier in 2016.

Commission's Criminal Justice public hearing page

Commission's Criminal Justice submissions page

TJHC Criminal Justice submission

Child abuse survivor worries community 'fatigued' by issue
ABC online  - 28 November 2016


Salesian College Sunbury to offer public apologies for sexual abuse of students

SUNBURY'S Salesian College in Victoria will host a public apology to victims and loved ones affected by decades of historical sexual abuse there.

Australia-Pacific Province of the Salesians of Don Bosco Provincial Father Greg Chambers will present the apology on December 8 to victims and their families in the gardens in front of the Rupertswood Mansion, where a plaque will be placed on a "sorry stone".

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Your Weekly Journey Catholic Radio Podcast | Episode 173

Journey Catholic Radio Podcast
This week on The Journey (Ep173)

This week, Darren McDowell joins us again, with a reflection from Dr Scott Hahn on this week's Gospel, Sr Hilda Scott OSB shares with us about God's 'Yeah', Bruce Downes joins us, and we hear from Trish McCarthy, Fr Dave Callaghan MGL, and Marilyn Rodrigues. Of course, there's plenty of great Christian music, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the Journey!

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The Journey is a weekly program developed by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong and is the only Catholic radio program in Australia aired on general Christian radio.

Listen to the presenter inputs this week below:

MATTHEW 24: 37-44 - Gospel Reflection with Darren McDowell
GOD'S YEAH - Wisdom From the Abbey with Sr Hilda Scott OSB
A TRUE ORIGINAL - The Catholic Guy with Bruce Downes
FORGIVENESS - Milk & Honey with Trish McCarthy
INDIVIDUAL TIME - The Peaceful Parent with Marilyn Rodrigues
HEAVEN WITHIN - The Call with Fr Dave Callaghan MGL

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