New safeguarding audit report published

Marist Fathers Australia Province safeguarding audit report 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

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

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Fr Hans Zollner SJ in discussion with CPSL

In June 2019 CPSL was fortunate enough to sit down for a conversation with Fr Hans Zollner SJ on the topic of child safeguarding in international contexts. Fr Hans is President of the Centre for Child Protection and Director and Professor of the Institute of Psychology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome and one of the leading experts on sexual abuse working in the Catholic Church.

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

23 June

CPSL NEWS Vol 3, Ed 6 June 2020

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

June's CPSL NEWS captures feedback from our recent online training, promotes new safeguarding webinars and contains a collection of safeguarding resources focused on the transition back to the 'new normal' in the context of COVID-19. This edition also features a new Demystifying Audit column and an updated Church Entity Engagement Data Report. 

23 June

Demystifying Audit: Taking audits online during COVID-19

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

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

01 June

Safeguarding work and audits continuing - statement from CPSL Board

Monday, 01 June 2020

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, supported by Catholic Religious Australia, has announced their intention to merge some of CPSL’s work into a new national safeguarding entity from January 2021.  A decision on the work of this new entity is due to be made in early September.  CPSL anticipates being engaged in the planning for the new entity and until decisions as to the work of the new entity and transition plans are clear, CPSL will continue with its current work.

Training and events


NCSS Introductory Session for Leaders

Online training, Online