When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
Catholic Social Teachings reinforce human dignity and emphasise that not only children but also the poor, the vulnerable and every human being who is created in God’s image and likeness is valuable and worthy of respect.
This means that everyone in the Church must ensure that the fundamental rights of both children and the vulnerable are respected. This can be achieved through the development of respectful relationships and a commitment to safety embracing appropriate boundaries, behaviours, and practices, in accordance with the Diocese of Toowoomba’s Code of Ethical Behaviour as well as adherence to the legislative imperatives of the State.
This policy statement is approved by Bishop Robert McGuckin for implementation by Church Parishes and Agencies throughout the Diocese of Toowoomba. It covers the measures needed to safeguard against abuse and supports the Diocese’s aim to ensure that not one of its personnel engages in behaviour that could allow abuse to occur or take actions that could be interpreted by children, their families or other adults as constituting, or leading to, abuse. Every step possible to safeguard against abuse and harm must be taken.