Safeguarding Children & Young People

The Catholic Church has a mission-driven moral and legal responsibility to create nurturing environments where children and young people are respected, where their voices are heard, and where they feel safe and are safe.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, as well as St Catherine of Siena Parish, hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as a fundamental responsibility of the Church. This commitment is drawn from and inherent to, the teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and the dignity of each human person at the heart of the Gospel.

The Archdiocese has implemented the new Safeguarding Children & Young People Policy, effective July 2019.

For your information, we are publishing the Statement of Commitment and the Safeguarding Children & Young People Code of Conduct. The Parish's current Safety Policy is also available.

With regards to volunteers, the new policy mandates that all need to comply with two requirements to continue volunteering, namely:

  1. To undergo an induction process that incorporates safeguarding awareness to build a foundation of understanding and commitment to the safety of children and young people; and
  2. To obtain a Working with Children Check (and depending on the type of parish ministry, a Police Check).

National Catholic Safeguarding Standards

The National Catholic Safeguarding Standards provide a framework for Catholic Church entities to build child-safe cultures.

The National Catholic Safeguarding Standards (NCSS) are designed to be implemented by all Catholic entities, ministries and organisations across Australia.

The constitute a framework which articulates the requirements for Catholic entities to promote the safety of children through the implementation of policies and activities to prevent, respond to and report concerns regarding child abuse.

They are designed to drive cultural and behavioural change and promote accountability and transparency of Catholic Church leaders and their ministries and entities.

The 10 National Catholic Safeguarding Standards are taken directly from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s final report, Volume 6.

The Standards work together and ensure each entity, ministry and organisation across the Catholic Church place child safety at the core of how they plan, think and act.

The first phase of development of the Standards focuses on safeguarding practices for the protection of children.  The Standards will subsequently be extended to include safeguarding practices relating to vulnerable adults.

Go to the CPSL Website to access the 10 Standards.