WE ARE THE NATIONAL OFFICE FOR SAFEGUARDING IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA

We work with Catholic entities to promote and oversee a nationally consistent, comprehensive and sustainable framework for the protection of children and adults at risk within the Church in Australia.

Our new website is on the way - in the meantime, you can continue to find safeguarding resources to support safe ministry in the Church in Australia here.

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Who we are

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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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).

  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

16 September

Commitment to safeguarding in overseas ministries among significant findings of De La Salle Brothers safeguarding audit report

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Australian Catholic Safeguarding Ltd (ACSL) has today published the safeguarding audit report of the De La Salle Brothers District of Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea.

16 September

De La Salle audit shows ‘particularly impressive’ result

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Source: CathNews

08 September

ACSL special e-bulletin update - ACSL is hiring

Wednesday, 08 September 2021

Read the September special e-bulletin with details of three new career opportunities at ACSL as well as a new workshop for Catholic safeguarding professionals in September.

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