Introduction

The draft National Catholic Safeguarding Standards were released in April 2018.

During June and July CPSL conducted a nationwide consultation and a wide range of stakeholders provided feedback on the draft Standards.

The CPSL team is now working hard to analyse the input and finalise the first edition of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards as well as finalise testing of our audit approach.

Consultation report

Over a four week period during June and July 2018, CPSL hosted consultations in cities around Australia to gather feedback on the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards and associated audit program. Consultations were hosted in two different formats:

  1. General Stakeholder Consultations were held in each capital city with representatives from Catholic organisations.  Approximately 350 people attended the seven sessions providing feedback on the audit approach, training required and key challenges facing their organisations when implementing the Standards.
  2. Survivor, Family and Advocate Consultations were held in capital cities as well as two regional centres where institutional abuse was especially prominent. These sessions were publicised through a range of support and advocacy groups and advertised in local papers.  Approximately 60 people attended the seven sessions providing feedback on the Standards and the ‘child-friendly version’ of the Standards, as well as discussing barriers and opportunities for change, including changing church culture, effective complaints handling and creating safe spaces.

READ CONSULTATION REPORT HERE

Feedback submissions

The following submissions were received in response to the draft National Catholic Safeguarding Standards.  Individuals, organisations and groups responded to an online survey.  Feedback received in formats other than the online survey have not been published.

1    John Rowland pdf

2    Sr Annette Cunliffe rsc pdf

3    Anonymous pdf

4    Kieran Tapsell pdf

5    Anonymous pdf

6    Anonymous pdf

7    Rick Bailey (1) pdf

8    Kevin Raymond pdf

9    Anonymous pdf

10   Guyra Neighbourhood Centre Inc pdf

11   Anonymous pfd

12   Rick Bailey (2) pdf

13   Anonymous pdf

14   Corralee pdf

15   Centacare Catholic Diocese of Ballarat pdf

16   Anonymous pdf

17   Diocese of Ballarat pdf

18   Anonymous pdf

19   Beth Gibson pdf

20   St John of God Healthcare Inc pdf

21   Karel Duivenvoorden pdf

22   Sr Margaret Honner ibvm pdf

23   Anonymous pdf

24   Centacare Bathurst pdf

25   OLSH Safeguarding Office Alice Springs pdf

26   Anonymous pdf

27   Loreto Ministries Ltd pdf

28   Australian Province of the Society of Jesus pdf

29   Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Loreto Sisters pdf

30   Anonymous pdf

31   Rev Dr P A McGavin pdf

32   Anonymous pdf

33   yourtown pdf

34   Ballarat Diocesan Schools Advisory Council pdf

35   Diocese of Bathurst pdf

36   Catholic Religious Australia; Society of Jesus; Diocese of Parramatta; Diocese of Wollongong; Institute of Sister of Mercy for Australia and Papua New Guinea; Salesians Don Bosco pdf

37   Anonymous pdf

38   ISMAPNG pdf

39   Anonymous pdf

40   Salesians of Don Bosco pdf

41   Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn pdf

42   Anonymous pdf

43   Diocese of Wollongong pdf

44   Diocese of Parramatta pdf

45   Catholic School Parents Australia pdf

46   Anonymous pdf

47   Syro-Malabar of St. Thomas the Apostle pdf

48   Tanya Raffoul pdf

49   Mark Eustance pdf

50   Anonymous pdf

51   Anonymous pdf

52   Marist Schools Australia pdf

Resources/good practice examples

CPSL are keen to hear from anyone who has good practice examples, tools or templates to share with others – examples that could be helpful to others in building robust systems to support a culture of safeguarding children. 

We are currently developing a whole new area of our website which will be a resource area for people to find practical resources and good practice they may be able to implement in their own organisation.

If you’d like to share something with us, please send us an email at resources@cpsltd.org.au