by MICHAEL OTTO
A Safe Church programme for New Zealand should be rolled out before the end of the year.
National Office for Professional Standards director Bill Kilgallon said the programme is close to being finalised.
“We should start rolling out the training later this year,” he said.
Mr Kilgallon said the programme will be delivered through The Catholic Institute, and it will be tailored to different people in the Church.
“We will be looking first to work with people who are involved full time or a major part of the time in ministry,” he said, adding that this training would run over a couple of days.
“We are also building it into the training that TCI already gives to chaplains and other people, their certificates in ministry, so that’s another strand of it.
“The third strand, which we haven’t finished yet is a very short training programme for volunteers, for people who are giving some time to working in their parish or in an organisation.
Mr Kilgallon said that while TCI will deliver the programme, his office will be responsible for ensuring the content is in line with current thinking on safeguarding.
New Zealand’s bishops and religious congregation leaders have accepted the programme, he added.