SAFEGUARDING AND PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND VULNERABLE ADULTS
FROM THE CATHOLIC CHURCH TO ALL CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
You are always welcome in Church and in our parish community. We are committed to keeping you safe from harm.
If you have been hurt in any way by someone, or you are at risk of being hurt, please tell us straight away so that we can help you.
If you know another child or young person who has been hurt by someone, or is at risk of being hurt, please tell us straight away so that we can help him or her.
PROTECTING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF JOHANNESBURG
Children and young people have a very important place in our Church and we are always eager to encourage their active participation in parish life. We are committed to doing everything we can to create a safe and welcoming place for our young parishioners, where their welfare is of greatest importance. It is our archdiocesan/diocesan policy to ensure that children and young people will always be safe, protected and supported in all activities associated with the Church.
If you have any concerns about the well-being of a child or young person connected to or involved in the Church, or you suspect that a child or young person may be being abused by anyone within the Church, please report the matter immediately to one of the Archdiocesan Contact Persons (details given below) or to a priest whom you know. Please provide as much detail as possible, so that the matter can be quickly and fully investigated, in the first place by the Professional Conduct Committee of the Archdiocese.
It is important that we do everything we can to protect children and vulnerable adults and to prevent them being harmed in any way.
Decree of Promulgation
Archbishop Buti Tlhagale OMI
Archbishop of Johannesburg