The National Committee for Professional Standards is a joint committee of CRA and the Australian Catholic Bishops. The committee was established to oversee the development of policies, principles and procedures in responding to Church-related abuse complaints. The committee’s purpose is to ensure pastoral care for victims of sexual and physical abuse by church personnel.
It is responsible for developing professional standards among clergy and Religious. In recent years the committee has called on outside experts to revise two key documents – Towards Healing and Integrity in Ministry.
Towards Healing sets out the principles that must form the basis of the Church’s response to complaints of abuse and the procedures to be followed in responding to individual complaints. Integrity in Ministry is a resource for those preparing for ministry in the Catholic Church and as a code of conduct and guide for reflection for those already in ministry.
The committee has set up a national treatment centre for psycho-sexual disorders. It regularly sponsors talks and courses from experts in this area and runs training and in-service initiatives.
In addition to this committee there are state directors and professional standards and resource groups to advise and assist in matters concerning Church-related abuse. Members can obtain more information on Professional Standards by accessing the Members-only section on this website.