Catholic Professional Standards Limited has released the historic National Catholic Safeguarding Standards in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
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Robert Fitzgerald in conversation with Geraldine Doogue
Robert Fitzgerald, former Commissioner reflects on the safeguarding issues for the Catholic Church which emerged from the five-year Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
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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Child protection expert Fr. Hans Zollner SJ urges Catholics to make safeguarding children and vulnerable people in the Church a core part of their ministry
It has once again been a busy month, its high point marked by the launch of edition one of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards at the end of May. The CPSL team has continued to work with an increasing number of Catholic organisations and ministries to increase awareness, understanding and improve safeguarding practices.
The launch of the historic National Catholic Safeguarding Standards has garnered international attention. See the international media coverage here.