The website for the Catholic Church’s National Office for Professional Standards (NOPS) has
just gone live. The website (https://safeguarding.catholic.org.nz/) provides a platform for
information on reporting abuse, safeguarding information and any related policies or
NOPS Director, Virginia Noonan, says “The website provides another channel for reporting
abuse and providing information on safeguarding in the Church, including policies and
protocols guiding this work. The site will also allow us to better communicate this work with
a wider audience, providing clear, cohesive and accessible information for visitors.”
Included on the site are easily downloadable guidelines, policies and standards for use in
parishes throughout New Zealand. Te Houhanga Rongo – A Path to Healing – the Church’s
protocol for responding to complaints of sexual abuse against clergy or religious, is also
available for downloading.
The National Office for Professional Standards (NOPS) sets the strategic direction and
ensures compliance of the Catholic Church’s safeguarding policy and procedures for children
and vulnerable adults. It is developing a range of support materials and resources to assist
Church entities to develop and maintain safe environments.
NOPS is also responsible for responding to complaints of abuse in the Church and overseeing
the investigation of complaints of sexual abuse against clergy and members of religious orders.
For further information or queries on the site, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
0800 114 622.
Media: Amanda Gregan 021 611 052