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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It has been a busy month on the road for the CPSL team, with more than 50 Church Authorities who are beginning the process of scoping and signing up for an audit of their safeguarding practices.
Catholic Professional Standards Limited CEO Sheree Limbrick has been appointed to the Child Safe Sectors Leadership Group set up to provide sector advice to the Federal Government through the National Office for Child Safety.
CPSL has released learnings from four pilot audits conducted in 2018 to test the CPSL audit approach and methodology and identify gaps between the evolving NCSS indicators and criteria and their practical application.