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

Have your say

The National Catholic Safeguarding Standards are currently in draft form. We are accepting written submissions in response to the draft Standards. To find out more about making a submission, click the link below, or contact us for more information.

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Latest news, training and events

18 May

Survivor, Families & Advocates Consultation Forums

Friday, 18 May 2018

CPSL invite you to a forum to share your views on the draft National Catholic Safeguarding Standards. The 10 Standards provide the framework for Catholic Church organisations to build child-safe cultures and to improve the safety of children across the Catholic Church in Australia.

10 May

National body looks to Adelaide for safeguarding standards

Thursday, 10 May 2018

The Adelaide Archdiocese has participated in a pilot audit of child protection policies and practices by the new national safeguarding body, Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL).

09 May

Key challenge is to maintain Royal Commission momentum: Chair of new Catholic child safety standards setting body says

Wednesday, 09 May 2018

The Hon. Geoff Giudice, Chair of the Catholic Church’s new safeguarding body, Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL), has told a meeting of Australian Bishops that one of the key challenges for the Church and for CPSL over the next few years will be to maintain the momentum created by the Royal Commission.