The safeguarding of children and adults is an integral part of the life and ministry of the Catholic Church and flows from the gospel.

The Church believes every person has value and dignity which derives directly from their creation in the image and likeness of God. This implies a duty to value all people and protect them from harm. Children and vulnerable adults were welcome and safe in the company of Jesus and should be welcome and safe in his Church.

Cathedral parish creates and maintains an environment where proactive steps are taken to make our community a safe place for all, especially children and the vulnerable. Policies and practices are in place to reduce risk and promote transparency.

The Guidelines for the prevention of and response to sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand – The Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand“ prescribes the commitment of the Church to have safeguarding measures in place in our organisations.

The expectation is that all volunteers have completed safeguarding and those involved with children and vulnerable adults are police vetted.

 Cathedral Parish – Assisi Lounge Tuesday 19th March 1pm & 7pm
  Cathedral Parish – Assisi Lounge Wednesday 22nd May1pm & 7pm 
  Cathedral Parish – Assisi Lounge Wednesday 20th Nov 1pm & 7pm 

There are other workshops around the diocese including zoom online workshops. For details of these please go to

To find out more please visit the Christchurch Diocese Safeguarding Website

If you have a safeguarding issue you wish to speak with someone in confidence about – Cathedral Parish Safeguarding Co-Ordinator is Kirsten Tester 03 595 1053 or or you can contact NOPS on 0800 114 622 or

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