Child abuse is a criminal offence and the police are the appropriate authority to handle criminal investigations.
Sexual abuse has no place in the Church. The law requires serious crimes to be reported to the police and the policy of the Archdiocese is to report all allegations of sexual abuse to the police.
Police:If you have a complaint you can contact the NSW Police Child Protection and Sex Crimes Squad through your local police station or Crimestoppers NSW on 1800 333 000
For all urgent matters regarding a child at imminent risk of significant harm please phone the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 or 000.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney has a Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office. The Director is Karen Larkman and the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
And the phone number is 93905810.
Towards Healing: This is the national process established by Australian bishops and religious orders which the Archdiocese of Sydney follows in responding to complaints of sexual abuse. It has undergone two independent reviews. Towards Healing requires allegations of criminal conduct to be reported to police and other authorities. Towards Healing contact 1300 36 99 77.
There is also further information on the Australia Catholic Bishops Conference here http://www.catholic.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1139&Itemid=190For the Towards Healing document click here and The Integrity in the Service of the Church document click here.
There is also further information on the Australia Catholic Bishops Conference here http://www.catholic.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1139&Itemid=190
Professional Standards Office NSW/ACT: A National Committee for Professional Standards was established by the Catholic bishops and leaders of religious institutes to oversee the development of policy, principles and procedures in responding to Church-related abuse complaints. Each state has a Director of Professional Standards to advise and assist in matters concerning professional standards and to appoint suitable persons to act as contact persons, support persons, assessors, facilitators and reviewers of the process. The number for Professional Standards Office NSW/ACT is 9287 1542 or email@example.com
For more details of the process go to http://www.sydneycatholic.org/links/professional_standards_office.shtml