Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverivew complies with the The Australian Jesuit Province’s policies regarding professional standards for how both religious and lay people engage in their ministry. The principles, protocols and standards of practice governing the work of Jesuits and lay partners are outlined in the document: Creating a safe environment in Jesuit Schools and ministries: Principles, Protocols, Standards of Practice
Issues involving Church-related abuse are dealt with via the National Committee for Professional Standards according to the Towards Healing procedures. The National Committee for Professional Standards is a joint committee of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia.
The Truth, Justice and Healing Council is coordinating the Catholic Church’s response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, with a commitment to cooperation, openness, full disclosure and justice for victims and survivors.
Child Protection Guidelines
The College has its own professional standards procedures that operate alongside the above arrangements. These procedures are as follows:
Reporting of Complaints
If anyone wishes to bring a complaint of abuse against any member of staff, present or past, of a Jesuit school or other ministry, they may do so in any of the following ways:
If you believe a crime has been committed, contact the police – NSW Police Sexual Crimes Unit on 132 111, or 000.
- Contact the office of Towards Healing – the Professional Standards Office NSW/ACT on 1300 369 977.
- Contact the College Rector (currently Fr Ross Jones SJ) on 02 9882 8575.
- Contact the Jesuit Provincial’s Assistant for Professional Standards (currently Mr Simon Davies) on 03 9810 7300.
Please note that when children are involved, NSW has mandatory reporting provisions to the police or relevant state authority.