ANNOUNCEMENT

Catholic Professional Standards Limited has released the historic National Catholic Safeguarding Standards in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Read the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards here

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Find out about our purpose, our values and our commitment to keeping children and vulnerable adults safe.

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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 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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Latest news

19 June

CPSL Newsletter Vol 2, Ed 6 June 2019

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

It has once again been a busy month, its high point marked by the launch of edition one of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards at the end of May. The CPSL team has continued to work with an increasing number of Catholic organisations and ministries to increase awareness, understanding and improve safeguarding practices.  

07 June

National Catholic Safeguarding Standards launched - international media coverage

Friday, 07 June 2019

The launch of the historic National Catholic Safeguarding Standards has garnered international attention. See the international media coverage here.

31 May

National Catholic Safeguarding Standards launch - Australian media coverage

Friday, 31 May 2019

The National Catholic Safeguarding Standards (NCSS) have been published. Have a look at some of the local coverage of the NCSS here.

Training and events

Training

NCSS Introductory Session for Leaders

Adelaide, South Australia
10
Jul
Training
07
Aug
Training
08
Aug
Training

NCSS Introductory Session for Leaders

Sydney, New South Wales
04
Sep
Training
05
Sep