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.