IPSS

The Institute for Professional Standards and Safeguarding (IPSS) seeks to facilitate strong, supportive and right relationships for all the people of the Archdiocese.

The Institute is responsible for the development of policy, procedures, formation and education to ensure compliance with legal, civil and Church requirements for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

This requires the delivery of transparent management of issues and complaints. In addition, the Institute provides high-level advice to the Archbishop, clergy, key personnel and agencies in the Archdiocese, along with collaborative liaison with other Church authorities and external stakeholders including independent audit and review.

The IPSS operates on the principle that each person, created in the image and likeness of God, possesses an innate human dignity orientated to communion with others. Anything that impacts on this communion, such as inappropriate or unprofessional behaviour, necessarily affects our rightful relationship with God. The Institute accordingly offers various means that seek to remedy injustices and to heal wounds and thus restore people to their rightful place in society and in the Church.

New Institute for Professional Standards and Safeguarding in the Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn

Archbishop Christopher Prowse, the Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn, today announced the establishment of a new Institute for Professional Standards and Safeguarding (IPSS) within the Archdiocese.

Media Release: New Institute for Professional Standards and Safeguarding in the Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn (pdf - 74 KB)

Healing medicine: Collective responsibility 

I am grateful for the work of the Royal Commission. It has shone a bright light of truthful investigation into a shameful and disgraceful area of our shared Church life. >> Read more

Healing Medicine: Collective Responsibility (pdf - 300 KB)

Catholic Church establishes new body to handle abuse complaints in Canberra, Goulburn 

Archbishop Christopher Prowse from the Canberra and Goulburn Archdiocese has launched the Institute for Professional Standards and Safeguarding. >> Read more

Catholic Church establishes new body to handle abuse complaints in Canberra, Goulburn (pdf - 239 KB)