Commitment to safeguarding strengthens Tom’s faith

Tom Isbester with Good Samaritan Sisters director of operations Natalie Acton (left) and congregational leader Sr Patty Fawkner SGS (right) (Sisters of the Good Samaritan)

Working in safeguarding for Catholic Church entities could be a test of faith for some, but for Tom Isbester it is his faith that motivates his work with the Sisters of the Good Samaritan. Source: The Good Oil.

“The drive actually comes from my faith,” said Mr Isbester, who is the safeguarding officer for the Good Sams. “To be a part of that culture shift in the Church and to help the most marginalised and victimised people in the Church (those who have been abused by Church personnel) makes your faith stronger actually.”

Mr Isbester began working in the safeguarding area at the Diocese of Parramatta after a number of years working as a police officer and in local government.

“I’m very grateful for my time at Parramatta. I learnt a lot and I also feel we were able to make big inroads in culture shift and safeguarding,” he said.

When an opportunity came up in December last year to take up the position of safeguarding coordinator for the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, Mr Isbester felt it was the right time to make the move.

He said the Good Sams’ commitment to safeguarding and their foundational direction of being a “good neighbour” provides a firm basis for his work.

“It makes my job quite easy because there doesn’t need to be a culture shift. They’ve already been doing it so well. Now, it’s about meeting the compliance aspect and continuing to strengthen practices.”


Commitment to safeguarding has strengthened Tom’s faith (By Debra Vermeer, The Good Oil) 

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