Our Purpose

Catholic Professional Standards Ltd is committed to fostering a culture of safety and care for children and vulnerable adults by developing National Catholic Safeguarding Standards.

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Who we are

Find out about our purpose, our values and our commitment to keeping children and vulnerable adults safe.

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Safe Church

Find out more about how we are helping to maintain a Church that keeps children and vulnerable people safe from abuse.

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Report a concern for a child or vulnerable adult. Find out about support services.

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National Catholic Safeguarding Standards

The draft National Catholic Safeguarding Standards set out 10 Standards, providing the framework for Catholic Church entities to build child-safe cultures and to advance the safety of children across the Catholic Church in Australia.

The draft National Catholic Safeguarding Standards take into account the guidance of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the National Statement of Principles for Child Safe Organisations from the Australian Human Rights Commission (draft).

  1. Committed leadership, governance and culture
  2. Children are safe, informed and participate
  3. Partnering with families, carers and communities
  4. Equity is promoted and diversity is respected
  5. Robust human resource management
  6. Effective complaints management
  7. Ongoing education and training
  8. Safe physical and online environments
  9. Policies and procedures support child safety
  10. Regular improvement

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Latest news, training and events

26 July

Statement from CPSL Board Chair

Thursday, 26 July 2018

At its meeting on Friday 20 July, the Board of CPSL discussed the recent conviction of the Archbishop of Adelaide.  In light of the purpose for which CPSL has been established, the Board decided to issue a statement concerning the course to be adopted when a Church leader is convicted of a criminal offence.

05 July

Community consultations on CPSL draft Safeguarding Standards complete

Thursday, 05 July 2018

More than 450 people have taken part in 16 consultation sessions held around Australia to hear responses and gather input into the draft National Catholic Safeguarding Standards.

03 July

Independence of Catholic Professional Standards Ltd questioned by Hunter survivors of child sexual abuse

Tuesday, 03 July 2018

Following a consultation with survivors of child sexual abuse, their families and advocates in Newcastle yesterday, the Chair of Catholic Professional Standards Limited (CPSL), Geoff Giudice AO, has reiterated the company’s independence.