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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Find out about our purpose, our values and our commitment to keeping children and vulnerable adults safe.
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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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).
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
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
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.
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).
Key challenge is to maintain Royal Commission momentum: Chair of new Catholic child safety standards setting body says
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.