Safe Communities

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Safe Communities

Archbishop Julian Porteous: ‘An Open Letter to the People of Tasmania’ 

The Safe Communities: Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults Framework was developed in consultation with Archdiocese of Hobart Trust Agencies and Organisations of Catholics. 

The Safe Communities – Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adult’s Framework objectives are to:
• Create a shared culture of safety for children and vulnerable adults
• Establish systems and processes that provide a safe environment for all in our care
• Implement safe strategies and practices to protect children and vulnerable adults from harm
• Report, monitor and respond to disclosures or concerns of abuse throughout Tasmania.

The Framework acknowledges organisations existing strong safeguarding practices, including parishes. It seeks commitment to shared responsibility.

Towards Healing – Professional Standards 

Towards Healing was established in 1996. It is the Australian Catholic Church protocol that was developed by the National Committee for Professional Standards.

There are State Directors of Professional Standards and Resource Groups to advise and assist in matters concerning Church-related abuse and to appoint suitable people as contact persons, support persons, assessors and facilitators.

The Tasmanian Office of Professional Standards responds pastorally to survivors of abuse and manages the process.
The phone numbers for the State Professional Standards offices are:

• Tasmania - 1800 356 613
• New South Wales - 1300 369 977
• Northern Territory - 0418 736 890
• Victoria - 1800 816 030
• Queensland - 1800 337 928
• Western Australia - 1800 072 390
• South Australia - 1800 139 020

National Committee for Professional Standards Documents: 
Towards Healing
Integrity in Ministry
Integrity in the Service of the Church 

Healing and Support

There are dedicated services that provide support, including counselling to survivors of abuse. Many of these services are free of charge and are provided confidentially.

CatholicCare Tasmania  
• Hobart (03) 6278 1660
• Launceston (03) 6332 0600
• Devonport (03) 6423 6100 or 1800 819 447
• Burnie (03) 6431 8555 or 1800 819 447
1800 Respect 1800 737 732
Laurel House (Northern Tasmania) (03) 6334 2740 or (03) 6431 9711
Lifeline 131 114
Sexual Assault Support Services
(Southern Tasmania)
(03) 6231 1817
Tasmanian Elder Abuse Helpline 1800 441 169
Police 000 (Emergency)
  131 444  (Non-emergency)

Further National and Tasmanian support services can be found on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse website.