Child Protection Head of Agency Safeguarding Roles 2016
Head of Agency (HOA)
Under the Ombudsman Act 1974 (NSW) the key role of responsibility for child protection systems that prevent and respond to abuse in the Diocese lies with the Bishop of Wagga Wagga who is designated as Head of Agency.
Archbishop Christopher Prowse
Child Protection Delegate (CPD)
To coordinate and to help provide continuity, to maintain links across Diocesan sectors for the administration of child protection operations and to provide a high level of child protection expertise within the diocese.
Ms Julie Price
Sector Leaders (SL)
Sector leaders have delegated authority to direct operations in their domain with regard to child protection management.
Diocesan Agencies and Parishes: Diocesan Finance Administrator
Mr Dennis Purcell
Catholic Schools Office: Director of Schools
Mr Alan Bowyer
Centacare: Chief Executive Officer
Mr Paul Jensen
Safeguarding Children Officer (SCO)
To coordinate the auditing, strategic planning and implementation of child safe policies and practices within the diocese.
Mr David Collie
Child Protection Teams
Towards Healing Consultative Committee
A diocesan panel established to advise the Head of Agency in relation to specific complaints of abuse against Church personnel. This committee meets monthly and consists of the Head of Agency, the Child Protection Delegate, Sector Leaders, a Legal Advisor and a Psychological Advisor.
The Child Protection Safeguarding Panel is composed of the Head of Agency, Child Protection Delegate, Safeguarding Children Officer, Sector Leaders and Clergy Advisor. This panel meets monthly to review Safeguarding systems and processes for responding to allegations and systems for preventing reportable conduct and to plan future action.
Child Protection Officers: (CPO)
Employee Services Professional Officers who are designated to conduct day-to-day operations related to compliance with the Act, including setting up investigations and completing notifications.
Child Protection Safeguarding Team
The Child Protection Safeguarding Team is composed of the Child Protection Delegate, the Safeguarding Children Officer, the Diocesan Financial Administrator and Employee Services Professional Officers.