Amidst the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world as well as our own local communities, CPSL remains focused on our purpose and aims and is working hard to respond to this pandemic and adapt our services.

Key updates to our services can be found below:

CPSL training is still available

CPSL is currently working to bring our scheduled safeguarding training sessions online. This includes our NCSS Introductory Session for Leaders and Applying the NCSS Workshops. If you are currently booked into one of our public training sessions or have staff within your entity who have booked tickets, we will be in contact with you and your teams over the coming weeks to provide more details about the new online training format. If you are a Church Authority and would like to attend an NCSS Introductory Session for Leaders, we encourage you to book your (free) ticket online through our registration portal here.

We will shortly be releasing information about our planned webinar series for this year – registrations will open shortly for sessions covering topics including grooming awareness, e-safety, professional/pastoral supervision, risk management and working with children with problematic sexualised behaviours.

Visit our Training and Events page to register for CPSL training.

CPSL safeguarding audits are continuing

We are finalising arrangements for conducting audits while limiting physical site visits. Much of the audit work can be done remotely, including the review of policies, procedures and documents, discussions with key staff on safeguarding processes and interviews with diocesan entities/parishes or individual members of a religious institute. We are committed to adhering to timing of audits already scheduled and our audit team are progressively contacting entities to ensure this can be achieved.

The development of Service Agreements also continues - if you belong to a Church entity who does not yet have a Service Agreement with CPSL to undergo a safeguarding audit, please get in touch. Developing a Service Agreement is a straightforward process: once you provide CPSL with information about your ministries, governance and structures, we provide you with an outline of how an audit would work for your particular circumstance, an estimate of cost and timing of the audit.

More information about the CPSL audit program can be found on our Audit Framework page and our Church Reports page.

CPSL safeguarding conference postponed until June 2021

CPSL has made the difficult decision to postpone our safeguarding conference A Safer Church for All: Safeguarding, Core to Mission until June 2021.

We are working to ensure our excellent line up of speakers can join us in 2021 and will announce new details of dates, speakers and other exciting initiatives as they are confirmed in coming months.

We will update our conference page with more information as dates are locked in for 2021. 

Expansion of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards to include ‘vulnerable adults’

Work on developing standards for the protection of vulnerable adults across the Church in Australia commenced in late 2019. We have been working closely and intensively with a diverse Reference Group in the development of our approach. In the coming weeks we will be consulting with a broad range of stakeholders to seek broader input and feedback as we continue to formulate this second phase of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards. 

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