Complaints of Sexual Abuse or Misconduct by Clergy or Religious

Te Houhanga Rongo A Path to Healing is the protocol adopted by the New Zealand Bishops’ Conference and the Congregational Leaders Conference Aotearoa New Zealand to deal with complaints of abuse. A Path to Healing is currently being revised.

The bishops and congregational leaders established the National Office for Professional Standards (NOPS) to enable the Catholic Church to prevent and respond to sexual abuse.  The role of the National Office for Professional Standards includes management of all complaints of sexual abuse against clergy and religious from the time the complaint is made.

To report a complaint of abuse by a member of the clergy or a religious order, please contact either:

Cathedral House, Phone: 03 3669869 , or

Safeguarding Co-ordinator: Virginia Noonan Phone: 03 3669869, email safeguarding@chch.catholic.org.nz  or

National Office for Professional Standards: Virginia Noonan or Jacinta Stopforth

Phone: 03 365 1993 or 027 5406 778 or 027 5469 353

or email: prof.standards@nzcbc.org.nz