Australian Catholic Safeguarding Ltd - new national body for safeguarding in the Catholic Church in Australia
Australian Catholic Safeguarding Ltd (ACSL) is a company limited by guarantee and brings together safeguarding functions at a national level for the Church in Australia - the former bodies now part of ACSL are the Australian Catholic Centre for Professional Standards and Catholic Professional Standards Ltd.
We are currently building a new website, but in the meantime, please continue to use this interim website.
Who we are
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.
Report a concern
Report a concern for a child or vulnerable adult. Find out about support services.
Webinar recording: CPSL & NCCA present an Introduction to Unwanted Contact & Grooming Online
This video is a recording of a webinar hosted by Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL) and the National Council of Churches, Safe Church Program (NCCA), recorded on May 22 2020. This webinar was originally produced as a training resource intended to assist those in faith contexts in Australia to gain a greater understanding of how to identify, interrupt and report grooming in the online environment. CPSL and NCCA would like to thank the Office of the eSafety Commissioner for their participation in this webinar.
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).
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
Keep up to date
To stay informed about the development of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards, publishing of reports, training opportunities and more of our work, subscribe to our newsletter.
This video is a recording of the Knox Public Lecture 2020, presented by Catholic Theological College at the University of Divinity on November 5, 2020.
Director of Compliance, Tania Stegemann, helps you to prepare for a safeguarding audit in a monthly column.
Inside ACSL's first newsletter of 2021: updates on the transition to ACSL; training opportunities for Church personnel in February and March on the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards; new (free) webinar resources on the topic of managing persons of concern; and a column from ACSL's Director of Compliance Tania Stegemann on the importance and requirements of safeguarding induction training for new personnel being onboarded into an organisation.