New Safeguarding Coordinator for the Diocese of Townsville

The new Catholic Bishop of Townsville, Bishop Timothy Harris, has today made a significant announcement that he will appoint a Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator.

On becoming Bishop of Townsville four weeks ago, Bishop Harris said the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults would be a priority for him. “This is a significant step for the diocese to employ a dedicated person to help the Church to ensure that all possible measures are in place to protect children, young people and all vulnerable adults from any form of abuse and that our Catholic community is fully educated about this vital aspect of our life and mission.”

The position of Safeguarding Coordinator will provide advice and counsel to the Bishop on all matters relating to the education and training of church workers and volunteers on the protection of children and vulnerable adults.  This person will drive the development and implementation of policy and procedures within the diocese and work in conjunction with priests and parishes to ensure compliance.

Bishop Harris said "we will also focus on the professional integrity of clergy and church workers and all those engaged in activities involving children. We must deliver more than words. We must deliver action and outcomes. I believe this new position will help us greatly in delivering those outcomes.”

The suitable person will have considerable experience in matters of child protection and policy development and will be responsible for the maintenance of church records relating to Blue Cards, training and ministry records.

The recruitment of this position will begin immediately searching locally and interstate for a suitably qualified person. 

For media enquiries please contact Mr Neil Helmore, Townsville Diocesan Media Communications Officer on 0427 047 162 or email nhelmore@tsv.catholic.org.au
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