Adults abuse children because they can. They believe their power over others means they will not be caught and punished. Photograph: Thinkstock

The conviction of Rolf Harris is a reminder that child abuse is an abuse of power. The crime persists because perpetrators are not challenged and d(...)

Bishop William Crean of Cloyne prepares to speak on the review of child safeguarding in the diocese by the National Board for the Safeguarding of Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

That no child safeguarding case management files existed in the Divine Word (SVD) Missionary congregation prior to 2013 was “of great concern and i(...)

The National Board for Safeguarding Children  has now reviewed child protection practices in all 26 Catholic dioceses in Ireland, as well as those of eight religious congregations and two missionary societies. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The number of clerical child abuse allegations of a physical, emotional or sexual nature received by the Catholic Church child protection watchdog - t(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at home in Drumcondra: “My living quarters are smaller than [the pope’s].” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Not enough was done to help priests after the Murphy report into the handling of allegations of clerical child sex abuse was published in 2009,(...)

Bishop Noel Treanor: A statement from the bishops’ meeting made no reference to the dispute involving former board chief executive Ian Elliott and Bishop  Treanor of Down and Connor over the review of that diocese, published last December Photograph: McQuillan/ Pacemaker

The Catholic bishops have reaffirmed “their full commitment to the continuing implementation and development of best practice in rela(...)

Teresa Devlin will replace Ian Elliott (pictured), as chief executive of the NBSCCC. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times

The new chief executive of the Catholic Church’s child protection watchdog in Ireland is Teresa Devlin, it has been announced. Ms Devlin had been acti(...)

Cardinal Sean Brady: “We are not becoming complacent. Vigilance is the operative word at all times, attentiveness and compassion to all concerned.”  Photograph: Frank Miller

The Towards Healing helpline for survivors of clerical child abuse can be contacted today and tomorrow 11am to 1am at freephone 1800-303416 from Irela(...)