Catholic Professional Standards Ltd welcomes the release of the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations by the National Office of Child Safety following the endorsement of all states and territories at today’s COAG meeting.

CPSL CEO Sheree Limbrick said the new National Principles will help ensure a consistent approach to policy and procedures across every jurisdiction in Australia.

“While the rollout of a national regulatory framework is still some way off, today’s agreement signals a commitment to a national approach which will help avoid some of the loopholes that have undermined the safety of children in the past,” Ms Limbrick said.

“CPSL has worked carefully in the drafting of our own National Catholic Safeguarding Standards to ensure consistency with the National Principles.

“There’s a lot of work to do yet to ensure a truly consistent approach to child safeguarding in Australia, but today’s commitment is definitely a step in the right direction.

“CPSL will continue to work with all state and territory bodies to ensure the NCSS consistently reflect and respond to state requirements.

“Once ratified, the implementation of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards will provide a vehicle for the consistent application of all federal, state and territory child safe requirements contextualised for Catholic organisations and activities.

“I look forward to continuing our liaison with the National Office of Child Safety as they progress this important work,” Ms Limbrick said.

The National Principles for Child Safe Organisations are available on the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s website.

Catholic Professional Standards Ltd is a not-for-profit public company, limited by guarantee. It was established by the leadership of the Catholic Church during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to develop national safeguarding standards, to audit the compliance of Church Authorities with those standards and to publicly report the results. CPSL is functionally independent of the Church.

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