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Children and domestic violence: ‘There is never any harm in seeking support’

Child's play

PARENTS are being advised to reach out for professional help if they are worried that children have been affected by domestic and family violence. Some counsellors warn that the effects may not be easy to recognise particularly for stressed parents coping with the strain of an abusive relationship and the demands of raising children. Centacare executive director Peter Selwood said ... Read More »

National standards for safeguarding children, vulnerable adults open for comment

Sheree Limbrick

DIOCESES, congregations and parishioners will all be able to have their say about the Catholic Church’s draft national standards to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. Submissions are being sought about the draft standards that can be found on the new Catholic Professional Standards Ltd website launched this week. CPSL chief executive officer Sheree Limbrick said broad consultation around the standards ... Read More »

School communities unite against bullying

Anti-bullying teachers

STAFF at Guardian Angels’ School, Wynnum, on the eighth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence sent a clear message that bullying is never okay. The day of action united school communities across Australia who were called to imagine a world free from bullying. Guardian Angels’ staff joined thousands of staff and students who were helping find workable solutions ... Read More »

Experts advise caution on cyber safety program targeting children as young as four

child cyber safety

THE FEDERAL Government’s efforts to teach children as young as four about cyber safety must not sexualise or scandalise innocent minds, a relationships educator has cautioned. Paul Ninnes, whose organisation Real Talk Australia delivers sexual integrity presentations to 30,000 students in Catholic and state schools every year, responded to the announcement that the Australian Federal Police’s ThinkUKnow cyber safety program ... Read More »

Sydney ethicist says same-sex marriage campaign ignores a child’s right to a mother and father

children's rights ignored

LEADING Catholic bioethicist Margaret Somerville is familiar with the jibes and attacks that accompany a national debate about same-sex marriage. About 15 years ago, the now Sydney-based Notre Dame University professor of bioethics lived through heated ideological battles as Canada edged towards same-sex marriage laws. Canada progressively introduced legislation in several provinces by court decisions beginning in 2003 before legally ... Read More »

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