TRUTH, JUSTICE AND HEALING COUNCIL
Establishing an independent body to handle complaints – the Catholic Church has been the focus of just over a third of the case load since the Royal Commission commenced public hearings in September last year. The Church has listened and is now putting in place reform policies that will strengthen the Church’s approach to the safety of children and vulnerable people. The first step is managing a broad consultation process to establish an independent accreditation and auditing body. The Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC), with the endorsement of the Church leadership, will begin consultation meetings in March next year to discuss the establishment of an independent accreditation and auditing body to protect children and vulnerable people.
Bishops and religious leaders from every state and territory will be asked to nominate representatives from a variety of backgrounds to be part of these important consultation meetings. An independent facilitator will co-ordinate up to 50 participants at each of the eight meetings.
At the conclusion of the meetings a progress report will be delivered to the Church leadership in May, followed by an implementation plan in November. Our hope is the new body will be operational by 2016. Click here to read more.