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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).
Committed leadership, governance and culture
Children are safe, informed and participate
Partnering with families, carers and communities
Equity is promoted and diversity is respected
Robust human resource management
Effective complaints management
Ongoing education and training
Safe physical and online environments
Policies and procedures support child safety
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30 May 2020 marks one year since the release of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards. We asked CPSL Board Deputy Chair Patricia Faulkner and two representatives of Church entities who have undergone a safeguarding audit for their reflections on how the Standards have helped to evolve the conversation and work of safeguarding across the Church.
CPSL's Director of Compliance, Tania Stegemann, helps you to prepare for a safeguarding audit with CPSL in a monthly column.