Working Together for a Safe Church

Working Together for a Safe Church

Welcome to the

National Office for Professional Standards

for the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand

We exist to create a secure and supportive atmosphere in which those who have suffered abuse can disclose this to a trusted person in the expectation of receiving a sensitive, caring and compassionate response, and to be supported in their continued healing.

We also support our faith communities to provide environments which respect and acknowledge the dignity of everyone, and where people feel valued and safe.

The Church has zero tolerance for harm and abuse.

You can navigate this site by clicking on our jigsaw, which shows how our various works come together to create a culture of safeguarding.

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care

The Aotearoa Catholic Te Rōpū Tautoko exists to co-ordinate and manage cooperation between the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care and the Catholic Church in Aotearoa, represented by the Catholic Bishops and Congregational Leaders of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Te Rōpū Tautoko is independent from the Royal Commission. It coordinates the response of the Catholic Church to the Royal Commission, and is not a support group for survivors. Survivors seeking support can contact the Royal Commission directly on their website.

The Catholic Church supports survivors of abuse in the care of the Catholic Church sharing their stories with the Royal Commission. The Bishops and Congregational Leaders of the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand participate in the processes of the inquiry, through Te Rōpū Tautoko, acknowledging those who have been wounded in their care.

If you or someone you know wishes to share your story please use the link below or phone the Royal Commission on 0800 222 727.

A Culture of Safeguarding