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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

27 March

Safeguarding conference postponed to June 2021

Friday, 27 March 2020

CPSL has made the difficult decision to postpone our safeguarding conference A Safer Church for All: Safeguarding, Core to Mission until JUNE 2021.

27 March

CPSL NEWS Vol 3, Ed 3 March 2020

Friday, 27 March 2020

This month's CPSL NEWS contains updates about how we are bringing our training sessions online, our plan for how we will continue to conduct safeguarding audits throughout this period of restrictions due to COVID-19, and a collection of resources focused on how parents, carers and people who work with children can talk to children about the coronavirus.

19 March

De-mystifying audit – Step 1 - Completing the Schedule 2

Thursday, 19 March 2020

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