The Archdiocese of Brisbane has strengthened its efforts towards protecting children and vulnerable adults by appointing a former police officer to a new professional standards role, the Archdiocese reports.
The Office of Safeguarding and Professional Standards Services was opened last week, with Mark Eustance appointed its first director.
It is the latest step towards ensuring local parishes and communities provide safe environments for the vulnerable, following the appointment in 2014 of former Brisbane Catholic Education principal Michele Vuleta as the first Safeguarding Officer.
Mr Eustance, a highly credentialed former police inspector and head of Professional Standards Office for Queensland, said he looked toward building upon the positive progress and pro-active stance being fostered by Archbishop Coleridge.
“To date, the Archdiocese has taken significant steps in the implementation of its safeguarding children and vulnerable adults policy, but there is more work to be done,” Mr Eustance said.
“The royal commission will issue its final report in December and I believe we can expect a lot of very strong recommendations.
“The new Catholic Professional Standards Ltd will need to drive the change that is required and I would like to see the Archdiocese set leading practice across the Church in Australia."
In announcing the appointment, Archbishop Coleridge said he felt confident the forward progress on safety outcomes would continue.
“Mark Eustance will be known and respected for the work he did in what was a provincial or state wide role for the Professional Standards Office,” he said. “With this new position, focused squarely on the Archdiocese, I look forward to the new energy Mark will bring to this very important service in the Archdiocese.”
Meanwhile, the Townsville Diocese last week announced the appointment of Craig Brereton as Safeguarding Coordinator for the Diocese.
Bishop Tim Harris said the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults was a priority for him.
“This is a significant step for the diocese to employ a dedicated person to help the Church to ensure that all possible measures are in place to protect children, young people and all vulnerable adults from any form of abuse and that our Catholic community is fully educated about this vital aspect of our life and mission," he said.”
“Craig comes to the positon with 18 years of experience in child protection and homelessness with significant skills in key areas such as policy reform and implementation; organisational cultural change; integrated case management models of practice; contract management and experience in working in rural and remote communities.”
New office to strengthen protection of children and vulnerable adults (Archdiocese of Brisbane)
Safeguarding Coordinator Appointment (Townsville Diocese media release)