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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Robert Fitzgerald in conversation with Geraldine Doogue

Robert Fitzgerald, former Commissioner reflects on the safeguarding issues for the Catholic Church which emerged from the five-year Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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 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. Regular improvement
  10. Policies and procedures support child safety

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Latest news

23 January

Church Governance Conference at Yarra Theological Union

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Yarra Theological Union is holding a conference on Church governance on Saturday 2 - Sunday 3 March 2019.  Keynote speakers for the conference include:

22 January

Training Alert - Applying the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

CPSL is pleased to open registrations for workshops - Applying the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards

21 January

Training Alert - NCSS Introductory Session for Leaders

Monday, 21 January 2019

CPSL is pleased to open registrations for the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards Introductory Session for Leaders.

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