Our Purpose

Catholic Professional Standards Ltd is committed to fostering a culture of safety and care for children and vulnerable adults by developing the 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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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 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. Continuous improvement
  10. Policies and procedures support child safety

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Latest news

17 April

CPSL Newsletter Vol 2, Ed 4 April 2019

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

It has been a busy month on the road for the CPSL team, with more than 50 Church Authorities who are beginning the process of scoping and signing up for an audit of their safeguarding practices. 

01 April

CPSL CEO appointed to leadership advisory group with National Office for Child Safety

Monday, 01 April 2019

Catholic Professional Standards Limited CEO Sheree Limbrick has been appointed to the Child Safe Sectors Leadership Group set up to provide sector advice to the Federal Government through the National Office for Child Safety.

Training and events


NCSS Introductory Session for Leaders

Perth, Western Australia

NCSS Introductory Session for Leaders

Adelaide, South Australia