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CPSL publishes 'How-to' guide for engaging children & young people in conversations about safeguarding
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Inside this month's newsletter: We have marked another milestone by publishing our first Audit Report earlier this month - the Presentation Sisters Wagga Wagga were the first of more than 200 Catholic entities to undertake an audit of their safeguarding practices against the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards. We are also pleased to release our 'how-to' guide for engaging with children and young people in conversations about their safety and safeguarding within an organisation - to Daniele's Safeguarding Corner to read more.
CPSL completes training review measuring progress in first six months of its Learning and Development (L&D) Strategy
CPSL has completed a training review measuring our progress in the first six months of the implementation of its Learning and Development (L&D) Strategy.
There has been a positive engagement from the Catholic Church in Australia in the rollout of CPSL’s L&D Strategy in the first half of 2019. 62% of all dioceses, eparchies and ordinariates across the Church in Australia have had at least one representative attend a CPSL training session in the first five months of implementation, 39% of religious institutes (including religious men and women, institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life) have been represented at a CPSL training; and, 63% of Ministerial Public Juridic Persons have attended training.
Through collecting evaluation responses at these sessions, CPSL has gathered valuable feedback from participants about what has been useful in training and what needs improvement.
Read the full training review here.
CPSL publishes 'how-to' guide for engaging children & young people in conversations about safeguarding
A child safe institution seeks the views of children. It provides children with formal and informal opportunities to share their views. The resource, " 'A how-to' guide for engaging children & young people in conversations about safeguarding" has been designed to support organisations to meet this critical component of being a child safe institution.