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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

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

26 February

CPSL NEWS Vol 3, Ed 2 February 2020

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

This month's newsletter contains details about our inaugural safeguarding conference, an announcement of our formal collaboration with National Council of Churches Safe Church Program and new support materials to help entities understand barriers to children disclosing abuse.

20 February

Oversight of Catholic schools in question as St Kevin's fallout deepens

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Source:  RN Drive - ABC Radio National

18 February

New Support Materials available February 2020

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Support materials to help entities implement the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards - new in February 2020

Training and events


NCSS Introductory Session for Leaders

Sydney, New South Wales