Towards Healing


The Diocese of Broken Bay acknowledges with deep sadness and regret that a number of clergy and religious and other church personnel have abused children, adolescents and adults who have been in their pastoral care.

In 1996, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia introduced a process known as Towards Healing, setting 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. Towards Healing is administered by the National Committee for Professional Standards, and has been progressively revised, and now includes sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

Each State has a Director of Professional Standards to follow the process outlined in Towards Healing.
For assistance in making a complaint through Towards Healing, please phone 1300 36 99 77. (This number is accessible from anywhere in Australia.)

New guidelines for Respoinding to Civil Claims for Child Sexual Abuse (Nov 2015) Please download here

Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001

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