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New online safeguarding training sessions available

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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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Fr Hans Zollner SJ in discussion with CPSL

In June 2019 CPSL was fortunate enough to sit down for a conversation with Fr Hans Zollner SJ on the topic of child safeguarding in international contexts. Fr Hans is President of the Centre for Child Protection and Director and Professor of the Institute of Psychology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome and one of the leading experts on sexual abuse working in the Catholic Church.

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

20 May

Vinnies adopts national safeguarding standards

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Source:  CathNews

19 May

Three perspectives on 12 months of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

30 May 2020 marks one year since the release of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards.  We asked CPSL Board Deputy Chair Patricia Faulkner and two representatives of Church entities who have undergone a safeguarding audit for their reflections on how the Standards have helped to evolve the conversation and work of safeguarding across the Church.

19 May

Demystifying audit - Step 3 - The audit phase

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

CPSL's Director of Compliance, Tania Stegemann, helps you to prepare for a safeguarding audit with CPSL in a monthly column.

Training and events


NCSS Introductory Session for Leaders

Online training, Victoria

NCSS Introductory Session for Leaders

Online training, Victoria