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Protecting children must be at the centre of Catholic Church’s mission: head of new Catholic Church professional standards body says

Media Release
20 March 2018

Ms Sheree Limbrick, head of the Catholic Church’s new safeguarding body, has told more than 85 members of the Toowoomba diocese’s clergy, religious and lay leadership that protecting children from danger in Church environments must be at the very centre of the Church’s mission.

“If the safety of children and other vulnerable people is not at the very centre of the Catholic Church’s mission both here and in all other places around the world then something has gone very wrong in our Church,” she said.

Ms Limbrick, CEO of Catholic Professional Standard Ltd (CPSL), was presenting at a two-day conference, ‘Safeguarding the Vulnerable in our Community’ just outside of Toowoomba in Queensland today.

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Pope Francis to give Church sexual abuse survivors greater say

Media Release
18 February 2018

The CEO of the Catholic Church’s new child protection standards organisation, Catholic Professional Standards (CPSL), Ms Sheree Limbrick, has welcomed the announcement over the weekend that child sexual abuse survivors will have a greater say on the Pope’s Pontifical Commission on clergy sexual abuse.

According to a Vatican statement issued on February 17 discussions have been underway for some months with a view to creating an “International Survivor Advisory Panel” (ISAP).

The ISAP is a new structure shaped by the voices of survivors and building on the experience of the Survivor Advisory Panel of the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission in England and Wales.

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Two new child protection experts join Catholic Professional Standards

Media Release
14 February 2018

Two senior members of the Catholic Church’s National Office for Professional Standards have joined the team at Catholic Professional Standards Ltd, focusing on providing support and advice to Church leaders and entities in the vital areas of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

Narelle McMahon and Tom Bagot have been seconded to the CPSL team.

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Board of new Catholic Church professional standards body complete

Media Release
6 February 2018

The seven-member board of the Catholic Church’s new child and vulnerable person standards setting, auditing and reporting organisation is now fully in place and pushing forward with the development of a major new approach to the way in which the Church ensures everyone who comes in contact with any of its ministries is as safe as possible.

The Chair of CPSL, The Hon Geoff Giudice, said following the appointments of Queensland education specialist Dr Kerrie Tuite and WA governance expert Dr Ruth Shean this month, the board is now made up of members with a wide range of skills and expertise.

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Head of new Catholic Church professional standards body visits Darwin

Media Release
02 February 2018

Ms Sheree Limbrick, head of the Catholic Church’s new professional standards watchdog, met with senior church leaders in Darwin earlier this week to discuss the new standards setting, auditing and reporting agency recently established to strengthen child protection and safety for vulnerable people in Church organisations.

Catholic Professional Standards Limited (CPSL) is a new independent company established by the Catholic Church in Australia in November 2016 to develop, audit and report on compliance with professional standards across Catholic entities.

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Leading Queensland educator appointed to new Catholic child protection and vulnerable adult watchdog

Media Release
29 January 2018

One of Queensland’s leading educators has been appointed to the Catholic Church’s new, independent, child protection standards setting, auditing and reporting organisation.

Dr Kerrie Tuite, current Principal of Mount Alvernia College, Brisbane and President of the Association of Catholic Secondary Schools Queensland, will join the board of Catholic Professional Standards Limited (CPSL) from February 1, 2018.

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Leading Western Australian governance expert appointed to new Catholic child protection and vulnerable adult watchdog

Media Release
22 January 2018

One of Western Australia’s leading former public servants and administrators has been appointed to the Catholic Church’s new, independent, child protection standards setting, auditing and reporting organisation.

Dr Ruth Shean, the former WA Commissioner for Public Sector Standards with responsibility for oversight of legislative and regulatory standards in WA public sector, will join the board of Catholic Professional Standards Limited (CPSL) from February 1, 2018.

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Catholic Professional Standards Limited welcomes Royal Commission’s final report

Media Release
15 December 2017

Catholic Professional Standards Limited (CPSL), a new, independent, child protection standards setting body for the Catholic Church, has welcomed the release of the final report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

CPSL has been established by the Catholic Church leadership in response to the revelations of child sexual abuse and institutional failures throughout the past five years of Royal Commission hearings.

CPSL will be developing new standards to protect children and vulnerable people across the Catholic Church. It will also audit and publically report on the compliance of each Church leader, including bishops and congregation leaders, against these new national standards and existing statutory standards. Ms Sheree Limbrick, CEO of CPSL, said the Commission’s report is momentous work. Read More

Head of new Catholic professional standards body visits Adelaide

Media Release
13 December 2017

The CEO of the Catholic Church’s new professional standards watchdog, Ms Sheree Limbrick, recently meet with senior Church leaders in Adelaide ahead of the roll out of the Church’s new standard setting, auditing and reporting agency.

Speaking to representatives of the Adelaide Archdiocese, Ms Limbrick said Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL) will bring about new levels of transparency and accountability to the way in which Bishops and Congregation leaders manage their child protection and vulnerable adult services.

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Catholic Professional Standards Limited Announces the Appointment of Board Directors

Media Release
28 August 2017

Members of Catholic Professional Standards Limited (CPS) today announced the appointment of Professor The Hon Michael Lavarch AO and Dr Robyn Miller PhD as Directors of the Company.

Professor Lavarch has had extensive involvement in Australian public life, and served in local government before being elected to Federal Parliament in 1987, serving as Attorney General in the Keating Government.

Since leaving Parliament in 1996, Professor Lavarch has been the Secretary General of the Law Council of Australia, Dean of Law at QUT and, since 2012, Commissioner at the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). He has worked with organisations supporting child welfare programs including the Forde Foundation which was established by the Queensland Government in response to the findings into the abuse of children in Queensland Institutions. Read More

Catholic Professional Standards Limited Announces Appointment of Chief Executive Officer

Media Release
2 June 2017

The Board of Catholic Professional Standards Limited (CPS) today announced the appointment of Ms Sheree Limbrick as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

Ms Limbrick has a wealth of experience in stakeholder engagement and management, strategic planning and policy development, as well as more than 10 years experience in executive leadership in social services.

Ms Limbrick has most recently worked with CatholicCare Melbourne as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and prior to that as Director of Operations. Previously managing Statewide Programs for Berry Street, a service provider for vulnerable children and families across Victoria, Ms Limbrick established support services for Forgotten Australians. Read More

Catholic Church In Australia Launches New Company To Protect Children And Vulnerable Adults

Media Release
22 November 2016

A new independent company to be established by the Catholic Church to develop, audit and report on compliance with professional standards to protect children and vulnerable people was announced today by church leaders

Catholic Professional Standards (CPS) Limited represents a new national Church response to the importance of safeguarding vulnerable people. It will be responsible for setting the highest standards to ensure the safety of individuals involved with the Church at all levels and engaging with Catholic service providers. Read More