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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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).
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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Catholic Professional Standards Limited has released learnings from four pilot audits conducted in 2018 to test the CPSL audit approach and methodology.
A second draft of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards has been released prior to final adoption.
The second draft of the Standards is now available on CPSL's website. It was provided to the November plenary meeting of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and to Catholic Religious Australia for their consideration. CPSL is now working with ACBC and CRA to finalise the Standards. Importantly, a comprehensive range of materials have also been published to support the implementation of the Standards.