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

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.

07 September

CPSL Releases feedback on National Catholic Safeguarding Standards during National Child Protection Week

Friday, 07 September 2018

As part of its commitment to Child Protection Week, Catholic Professional Standards Ltd has released feedback on the draft National Catholic Safeguarding Standards ahead of the historic release of the Standards by CPSL later this year.

31 August

Catholic Church Response to Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Friday, 31 August 2018

Catholic Professional Standards Ltd welcomes the release today of the Catholic Church's response to the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released in December last year.