New safeguarding audit reports published
Presentation Sisters Queensland Congregation and Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions audit reports now available
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Webinar recording: CPSL & NCCA present an Introduction to Unwanted Contact & Grooming Online
This video is a recording of a webinar hosted by Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL) and the National Council of Churches, Safe Church Program (NCCA), recorded on May 22 2020. This webinar was originally produced as a training resource intended to assist those in faith contexts in Australia to gain a greater understanding of how to identify, interrupt and report grooming in the online environment. CPSL and NCCA would like to thank the Office of the eSafety Commissioner for their participation in this webinar.
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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CPSL's Director of Compliance, Tania Stegemann, helps you to prepare for a safeguarding audit with CPSL in a monthly column.
October 22 marks the second anniversary of the National Apology to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse - we are very grateful to Karyn Walsh AM from Micah Projects in Queensland her sharing her reflections on the significance of the anniversary and the challenges which still lie before us and challenge us to continue to listen, respond and support those who bring the pain and trauma of abuse to us.
This month you'll find the usual features of safeguarding support, including the release of some new resources and a wrap up of recent training events, as well as a focus on risk management in the Demystifying Audit column.
Inside this edition: an update on the progress of the draft NCSS Edition Two; a new video resource on grooming awareness in the online environment; and an overview of implementing the NCSS in overseas contexts.