The Catholic Church’s new child safeguarding organisation, Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL) recently met with Catholic School Parents Australia (CSPA) as part of its Australia-wide consultation on new child safeguarding standards for the Catholic Church.

Ms Kate Eversteyn, CPSL Director of Safeguarding, met with Catholic School Parents Australia (CSPA) on Sunday May 20 in Sydney where she shared information and sought feedback regarding the draft safeguarding standards.

“We are encouraging all parents to take an active role in keeping children safe,” Ms Eversteyn said.

“One way of helping parents do this is by keeping CSPA and other school and parent organisations informed of our work and asking for feedback from parents on what makes a child safe church and school,”

John O’Brien, Executive Officer, Catholic School Parents Australia, said CSPA is keen to ensure that the national voice of parents with children in Catholic schools is heard around these vital safeguarding issues.

“As a follow-up to the report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, CSPA is developing a position statement entitled “Catholic Schools as Child Safe Communities.

“Our meeting with CPSL has been most informative, clarifying and helpful and will greatly inform our formal response to the draft National Catholic Safeguarding Standards,” he said. 

Ms Sheree Limbrick, CEO of CPSL, said that over the past week CPSL had also consulted on the new draft standards with Catholic Religious Australia Council members and Vicars General from Dioceses across Australia.

“This is all part of a concerted effort to hear from everyone who will be impacted by these new standards before they are finalised later in the year,” Ms Limbrick said.

“In addition to the groups we have already met with, we will shortly be starting consultations with survivors and other groups in every state.

“This three-month consultation process started at the end of April with the release of draft National Catholic Safeguarding Standards which can be seen on our website where anyone can provide written feedback,” she said.

To comment on the CPSL draft National Catholic Safeguarding Standards go to CPSL website

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