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 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 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

19 June

First week of national consultations on new Catholic Safeguarding Standards for children complete

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

The first week of Catholic Professional Standard’s nation-wide consultation on new church child safeguarding standards has finished with 80 people attending sessions in Hobart, Ballarat and Melbourne.

30 May

Registrations for National Catholic Safeguarding Standards consultations in Hobart, Melbourne and Darwin closing soon

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Church leaders in Hobart, Melbourne and Darwin wanting to be part of the CPSL stakeholder consultations to discuss the implementation of draft National Catholic Safeguarding Standards have until Monday 4 June to register.

29 May

CPSL Chair post Royal Commission 'Evil will always exist'

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

CPSL Chair Hon Geoff Giudice is making a sustained effort to create and maintain a culture of safety and care within the Catholic Church.