MSC Sisters Australian Province commitment to Protection of Children and Vulnerable People

. The Australian Province of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart (MSC) is a small organization comprising 25 sisters.

. Up until early 1990s, the MSC operated a number of ministries in health, aged care and education. today the MSC does not own or operate any institutions.

. Some of our sisters are now living in residential aged care, others are retired from active public ministry, and some undertake voluntary work in the community, particularly in the area of pastoral care.

. As a religious community we hold the care, safety and well being of children and vulnerable people as a central and fundamental responsibility of our commitment and mission. All our sisters involved in any way in the wider community have working with children certification.

. We commit ourselves to maintain knowledge of relevant legislation relating to child protection and the protection of vulnerable adults to ensure compliance.

. We affirm that where child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has occurred this is appalling, and we feel ashamed that it did happen.

. We recognize that it is important, in all cases where sexual abuse has occurred, that issues be dealt with compassionately with the health and welfare of the abused being of primary concern.

. We commit ourselves as a Religious Organization to the obligations effective from 1 January 2018 under Victoria’s Reportable Conduct Scheme:

  • to notify the Commission for Children and Young People if an allegation of child abuse is made against any of our members, or an employee, or a volunteer whom we have knowingly and intentionally engaged in activities on our behalf.
    We are further committed to report information about how we have investigated and responded to any such allegations.
  • We commit ourselves to have conversations with one another within our regular province gatherings to ensure that we remain aware and sensitive in this regard:
    . to be mindful that how we interact with others at any time in our lives may not only have consequences for the present but also for later
    . to be particularly aware and sensitive to possible dangers and implications if occasions arise where we may be alone in a household, or elsewhere, and are asked to care for children, or any other vulnerable persons for some hours or overnight.  In such circumstances there may be wisdom in soliciting the assistance of another suitably accredited and experienced person in responding to such needs.
  • We commit ourselves to the communication of these policies to our members, employees, volunteers and those with whom we may collaborate in ministry.

Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart

“To be on earth the Heart of God”

189 Whitehorse Road, Deepdene, Vic. 3103

(P.O. Box 295
Deepdene, Vic. 3103