CPSL publishes 'How-to' guide for engaging children & young people in conversations about safeguarding

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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 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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20 August

CPSL Newsletter Vol 2, Ed 8 August 2019

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Inside this month's newsletter: We have marked another milestone by publishing our first Audit Report earlier this month - the Presentation Sisters Wagga Wagga were the first of more than 200 Catholic entities to undertake an audit of their safeguarding practices against the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards. We are also pleased to release our 'how-to' guide for engaging with children and young people in conversations about their safety and safeguarding within an organisation - to Daniele's Safeguarding Corner to read more.

20 August

CPSL completes training review measuring progress in first six months of its Learning and Development (L&D) Strategy

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

CPSL has completed a training review measuring our progress in the first six months of the implementation of its Learning and Development (L&D) Strategy.

There has been a positive engagement from the Catholic Church in Australia in the rollout of CPSL’s L&D Strategy in the first half of 2019. 62% of all dioceses, eparchies and ordinariates across the Church in Australia have had at least one representative attend a CPSL training session in the first five months of implementation, 39% of religious institutes (including religious men and women, institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life) have been represented at a CPSL training; and, 63% of Ministerial Public Juridic Persons have attended training.

Through collecting evaluation responses at these sessions, CPSL has gathered valuable feedback from participants about what has been useful in training and what needs improvement. 

Read the full training review here.

20 August

CPSL publishes 'how-to' guide for engaging children & young people in conversations about safeguarding

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

A child safe institution seeks the views of children. It provides children with formal and informal opportunities to share their views. The resource, " 'A how-to' guide for engaging children & young people in conversations about safeguarding" has been designed to support organisations to meet this critical component of being a child safe institution.

Training and events


NCSS Introductory Session for Leaders

Sydney, New South Wales

NCSS Introductory Session for Leaders

Perth, Western Australia