The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne is
committed to the protection of children and young people and the prevention of
all forms of child abuse.
If you suspect a child or young
person is at immediate risk of harm or you witness an act of child abuse dial
000 and report the matter immediately to Victoria Police.
Alternatively, you can contact
the Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Teams (SOCITs) located across
Victoria. SOCITs provide a specialist response in relation to sexual offences and child abuse.
Telephone contact information is available from the Victoria Police website: https://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=36448
SANO Task Force investigates
past abuse that has occurred in religious and non-government organisations.
Telephone: 1800 110 007
Abuse allegation or complaint
in relation to a priest or other member of the clergy, an employee, volunteer
or a layperson
If you wish to make an
allegation of abuse or complaint in relation to sexual, physical, spiritual and
emotional abuse against a priest or other member of the clergy, an employee,
volunteer or a layperson of the Melbourne Archdiocese then you can contact
the Professional Standards Unit.
Telephone: (03) 9926 5630
The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne has
a legal responsibility under the Reportable Conduct Scheme (https://ccyp.vic.gov.au/reportable-conduct-scheme/
to report suspected child abuse or child-related misconduct of priests, clergy,
employees and volunteers to the Commission for Children and Young People
(CCYP). All alleged misconduct or behaviour that places children at risk
of harm will be taken seriously and will be independently investigated and/or
referred to Victoria Police. The PSU provide support and advice to
parishes in relation to handling their legal responsibilities under the
Reportable Conduct Scheme.
Telephone: 9926 5630 (Monday to Friday)
The protection of children and young people within a
As adults we have a legal, moral and ethical
responsibility to protect children from harm and report abuse in all contexts.
You should contact Child Protection, if you have formed a reasonable belief
that a child or young person has experienced, is experiencing, or is at risk of child abuse
within their family. Please contact the Child Protection office in your region – if you are unsure
which regional office to contact, please make a call to any of the regional telephones
below as you will be directed to the appropriate region.
Northern metropolitan region 1300 664 977
Southern metropolitan region 1300 655 795
Eastern metropolitan region 1300 360 391
Western metropolitan region 1300 664 972
Complaints of sexual, physical
and emotional abuse by clergy and church personnel of the Catholic Archdiocese
of Melbourne can be directed to Mr Jeff Gleeson QC, Independent
Telephone: (03) 9225 6422
Information about the Melbourne
Response process can be accessed via http://carelink.melbourne/Melbourne-Response?portalid=1
Those who access the Melbourne
Response are eligible for free counselling and professional support through
Carelink website: http://carelink.melbourne
Telephone: 1300 810 957
If you have experienced sexual
abuse by members of the Catholic Church (outside of the Catholic Archdiocese of
Melbourne), you can contact Towards Healing.
Telephone: 1800 816 030
National Redress Scheme
The National Redress Scheme
provides support to people who have experienced institutional child sexual
abuse. On 1 July 2018, the National Redress Scheme commenced, with
survivors of child sexual abuse able to approach the Scheme at any time until
30 June 2027. Under
the Scheme, applications for redress are made by independent assessors who
decide on the appropriate levels of financial and other support, such as
counselling services. The Catholic Church and other institutions participating
in the Scheme will meet the costs of redress that the Scheme determines. Knowmore is an
independent service giving free legal advice to assist survivors of abuse by
providing them with information and advice about the justice and redress
options that may be available to them.
National Redress Scheme website:
Telephone: 1800 737 377
Knowmore website: http://knowmore.org.au/
Telephone: 1800 605 762
Spiritual support and guidance
is available to individuals and at a parish level by contacting the Vicar
Telephone: 9926 5677