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

31 October

Australian bishops and religious welcome national apology for abuse

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Source: The Tablet, The International Catholic News Weekly

22 October

CPSL welcomes national apology to victims and survivors of institutional sexual abuse

Monday, 22 October 2018

Catholic Professional Standards Limited (CPSL) has welcomed the National Apology to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse delivered by the Prime Minister in Canberra today.

02 October

CPSL Newsletter Vol 1, Ed 4 Sept 2018

Tuesday, 02 October 2018

Now the nationwide consultations are complete, the CPSL team has been working hard to incorporate the feedback into the Standards as well as undertaking pilot audits to test the key elements of the audit design.