Above: The Plaque in the Sorry Garden at St Patrick's College, Ballarat
CaSPA has welcomed the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and as leaders of Catholic secondary schools all members of CaSPA are committed to work with Church leadership to review and respond to the recommendations from the Royal Commission.
As leaders of Catholic Secondary schools, we are committed to Child safety and ensuring wellbeing and safety of all students in our Catholic secondary schools.Furthermore, CaSPA provides its total support to a number of its principals - such as John Crowley at St Patrick's Ballarat - who are actively working with survivors and spending countless hours involved in a journey of reconciliation with them. In many ways it is these current principals of Catholic Schools who are modeling to others in the Church how we can begin to redress the great tragedies that have occurred in the past.
The CaSPA Board of Directors will review the Royal Commission's Final Report and seek to promote change and redress, not only to CaSPA and its members but to the broader Church. We understand that this needs to be done with some urgency if the Catholic Church is to be seen as embracing the recommendations of the Royal Commission.The CaSPA Board extends its apologies to the survivors of abuse and their families for the hurt and suffering which occurred in schools.
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