New safeguarding audit reports published

Presentation Sisters Queensland Congregation and Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions audit reports now available

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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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Webinar recording: CPSL & NCCA present an Introduction to Unwanted Contact & Grooming Online

This video is a recording of a webinar hosted by Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL) and the National Council of Churches, Safe Church Program (NCCA), recorded on May 22 2020. This webinar was originally produced as a training resource intended to assist those in faith contexts in Australia to gain a greater understanding of how to identify, interrupt and report grooming in the online environment. CPSL and NCCA would like to thank the Office of the eSafety Commissioner for their participation in this webinar.

National Catholic Safeguarding Standards

The 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 National Catholic Safeguarding Standards take into account the guidance of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations adopted by the Council of Australian Governments (Feb 2019).

  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. Continuous improvement
  10. Policies and procedures support child safety

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Latest news

20 October

Demystifying Audit: Risk management

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

CPSL's Director of Compliance, Tania Stegemann, helps you to prepare for a safeguarding audit with CPSL in a monthly column.

20 October

CPSL NEWS Vol 3, Ed 10 October 2020

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

October 22 marks the second anniversary of the National Apology to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse - we are very grateful to Karyn Walsh AM from Micah Projects in Queensland her sharing her reflections on the significance of the anniversary and the challenges which still lie before us and challenge us to continue to listen, respond and support those who bring the pain and trauma of abuse to us. 

This month you'll find the usual features of safeguarding support, including the release of some new resources and a wrap up of recent training events, as well as a focus on risk management in the Demystifying Audit column.

15 September

CPSL NEWS Vol 3, Ed 9 September 2020

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Inside this edition: an update on the progress of the draft NCSS Edition Two; a new video resource on grooming awareness in the online environment; and an overview of implementing the NCSS in overseas contexts. 

Training and events


Knox Public Lecture 2020

Online event via Zoom, Online