New safeguarding audit report published

Marist Fathers Australia Province safeguarding audit report now available

Visit the Church Reports page to read this report

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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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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

Report a concern for a child or vulnerable adult. Find out about support services.

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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

27 July

Catholic concern on ‘return to secrecy'

Monday, 27 July 2020

Source:  The Australian

24 July

Consultations underway for integrated safeguarding standards

Friday, 24 July 2020

Source:  Catholic Outlook

21 July

CPSL NEWS Vol 3, Ed 7 July 2020

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

July’s edition of CPSL NEWS highlights the consultation process for the draft second edition of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards, promotes a new series of webinars on Responding to Problematic Sexual Behaviours in Children, and contains updates on CPSL’s many and varied training activities in June & July.