New audit report released

Audit report for Tarrawarra Abbey now available

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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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22 January

CPSL NEWS Vol 3, Ed 1 January 2020

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

CPSL NEWS editions in 2019 were full of information and resources as we worked progressively to roll out the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards and the Audit Program, so we thought this first edition for 2020 presented a good opportunity to recap in one edition all of the material and support available to help you develop and embed your safeguarding initiatives and processes. 

20 January

Introducing CPSL - video

Monday, 20 January 2020

CPSL CEO Sheree Limbrick explains how CPSL came to be established, the development of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards, and the four main groupings of the 10 National Catholic Safeguarding Standards.

20 January

Training attendees on the value of attending CPSL's NCSS Introductory Session for Leaders - video

Monday, 20 January 2020

2019 training attendees from CPSL's NCSS Introductory Session for Leaders discuss what they learnt at the session, the key benefits of attending, and how they will bring what they have learnt back to their organisations.