As your Bishop I am committed to ensuring the safety, well-being and dignity of all people, with a specific focus on children and those vulnerable adults within our communities. We have an important legal, moral and spiritual responsibility to create a safe and nurturing environment for our people. Safeguarding represents the measures we put in place to protect the health, well-being and human rights of individuals, specifically focused towards children and vulnerable adults; that they live free from abuse, harm and neglect.
Safeguarding is not an add-on, but integral to the mission of the church – as our Pope Francis said:
'Families need to know that the Church is making every effort to protect their children. They should also know that they have every right to turn to the Church with full confidence for it is a safe and secure home'
The work of safeguarding our people is my top priority and be assured that as your Bishop I am committed to this task. Even though I cannot guarantee that no harm will ever come to the most vulnerable among us, I can attest to our commitment to do all we can to ensure that it doesn’t and the new policy is a decisive step in the right direction. Helping to heal the wounds of the past and make sure, as far as we can, that nothing similar ever happens again.
Mr Daniel Donnini is appointed as the Diocesan Safeguarding Manager.
Daniel brings to the role a unique amalgam of qualifications, knowledge and experience in the area of Child Protection and working with vulnerable people. Daniel has completed studies in Theology, Community Services and Management, and has professional experience in Child Protection through work in the Department of Communities as well as a senior role in Red Cross.
The Diocese of Rockhampton Response Line
A free call, the response line is monitored during business hours, Monday through Friday, by a Diocesan support person who is able to receive calls relating to complaints and allegations of abuse for the Rockhampton Diocese.
They can be contacted on 1800 830 113.
The line has a message service and return calls outside of standard business hours can be made by arrangement.
If appropriate you can email your enquiry to email@example.com and a support person can respond to you via email.