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.

The next safeguarding workshop will be held in the parish on Monday 7th August in the Assisi Lounge (with alternative venues below)

  St Marys Pro Cathedral – Assisi Lounge  Monday August 7th  7pm – 8.30pmCathedral – Safeguarding Workshop – 7pm – 8.30pm – St Mary’s Pro Cathedral | Safeguarding (  
  The Oratory – Rutland Street, St Albans  Sunday August 13th  12pm – 1.30pm  Sons of Most Holy Redeemer – Safeguarding Workshop – Sunday August 13th from 12pm-1.30pm | Safeguarding (
  Sacred Heart Addington – Parish Hall  Sunday August 20th  11.45am- 1pm  Addington – Safeguarding Workshop 11.45 – 1pm – Sacred Heart Parish Centre | Safeguarding (
  St Peters Beckenham – South Parish  Wednesday August 23rd  7pm – 8.30pm  Beckenham – Safeguarding Workshop – August 23rd at 7pm – St Peters Hall, Beckenham | Safeguarding (
  St Peters Beckenham – South Parish  Sunday September 3rd  10am – 11.30am  Beckenham – Safeguarding Workshop -Sunday 10am – 11.30am after 9am Mass – St Peters Hall, Beckenham | Safeguarding (

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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