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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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 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. Regular improvement
  10. Policies and procedures support child safety

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20 December

CPSL Newsletter Vol 1, Ed 5 20 Dec 2018

Thursday, 20 December 2018

It has been an exciting time at CPSL, having held our first ever training session for Church leaders in December as we head towards the end of CPSL's first full calender year of operation.

07 December

CPSL Annual Report heralds imminent release of National Catholic Safeguarding Standards

Friday, 07 December 2018

In a year characterised by rapid development, robust engagement and shared expertise, Catholic Professional Standards Ltd is poised to publish the first edition of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards by the end of the year.

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