Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility
A six-year inquiry by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse revealed terrible failures with tragic consequences for the survivors of sexual abuse and their families.
In response to the findings of the Royal Commission, Archbishop Julian announced plans for the development of a program called Safe Communities, which is currently being implemented in the Archdiocese of Hobart.
Chair of the Safe Communities Committee Fr Michael Tate encouraged everyone working or volunteering within the Catholic Church in Tasmania to assist with the implementation of Safe Communities, despite reservations some may have with some of the requirements.
“Some years ago I was a member of the Parole Board. I resigned in a huff when the new prison at Risdon was opened and we were required to take off our shoes. Apparently it was feared that we might be smuggling in contraband or razors. I felt insulted and off I went.
“I think those of you who served for many years on various committees, or serving the Church in different voluntary roles, may feel the same when asked to undergo a police check as part of the Safe Communities Programme in your parish.
“Nevertheless, I hope you will understand that the protection of young people and vulnerable adults must be a priority for us. I greatly value the volunteers who make such generous contributions to the life of a parish.
“Don’t do a ‘Tatey’ and walk away!”
Image: Chair of the Archdiocese of Hobart’s Safe Communities Committee, Rev. Prof. Michael Tate AO. Photo: Nick Osborne.