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:

Diocesan Cathedral House Phone: 03 3669869 , or

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

National Office for Professional Standards: Bill Kilgallon or Nicola Timms

Phone: 09 415 5470 or 09 44 222 74 / 027 546 9353

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