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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National Catholic Safeguarding Standards
The draft 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 draft 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).
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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Latest news, training and events
At its meeting on Friday 20 July, the Board of CPSL discussed the recent conviction of the Archbishop of Adelaide. In light of the purpose for which CPSL has been established, the Board decided to issue a statement concerning the course to be adopted when a Church leader is convicted of a criminal offence.
More than 450 people have taken part in 16 consultation sessions held around Australia to hear responses and gather input into the draft National Catholic Safeguarding Standards.
Independence of Catholic Professional Standards Ltd questioned by Hunter survivors of child sexual abuse
Following a consultation with survivors of child sexual abuse, their families and advocates in Newcastle yesterday, the Chair of Catholic Professional Standards Limited (CPSL), Geoff Giudice AO, has reiterated the company’s independence.