Standard eight

Safe physical and online environments

Physical and online environments promote safety and contain appropriate safeguards to minimise the opportunity for children to be harmed

8.1 Risks in the Church entity’s online and physical environment are identified and mitigated without compromising a child’s right to privacy, access to information, social connections and learning opportunities.

8.1.1    The Church entity has a clearly documented safeguarding risk management plan which considers in entirety the physical environment under its control or management including buildings, structures, open spaces, grounds, homes for clergy and religious, and arrangements for live-in carers/caretakers.

8.1.2    For Dioceses and Clerical Religious Orders – a policy is clearly documented and implemented that requires the rite of confession for children to be conducted only in an open space within the clear line of sight of another adult.

8.1.3    The Church entity has a clearly documented safeguarding risk management plan for its online platforms and for children’s interaction with online environments.

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8.2 The online environment is used in accordance with the Church entity’s Code of Conduct and relevant policies.

8.2.1    The Code of Conduct includes specific reference and requirements in relation to Church personnel interacting with children via technology.

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