Since Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (‘CPSL’) commenced operations in July 2017 to support capacity building of Catholic Church entities to protect children and vulnerable adults, more than 1,800 people have accessed training activities, 1,200 people have attended briefings, conference presentations and informal development activities, 13 entities have participated in a CPSL audit of their practices against the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards, and ten audit reports have been published on the CPSL website.

Church entities have reported positively that CPSL has helped build their capacity to protect children.

CPSL audits conducted to date have revealed consistent commitment of leaders and an emerging and strengthening child-safe culture. Entities audited to date have evidenced considerable effort and reformed processes within their entities to hear and respond to concerns raised by children and families. The audits also indicate a number of areas for practice improvement including risk management, engaging with children, families and communities to strengthen and promote safeguarding practices, cultural safety awareness and capacity, and a range of people management processes including professional/pastoral supervision, performance reviews and oversight, and access to ongoing professional development to support people in child-focused work.

Read the 2020 Impact Report.