Safeguarding Background


Diocesan Office for Safeguarding

The Diocese of Broken Bay strives to promote a culture of safety and care for children, young people and vulnerable adults in its care and is committed to maintaining a pastoral community that models the essential qualities of ethical and moral behaviours. The principles upon which these behaviours are founded include; Integrity, Commitment, Presence, Servant Leadership, Truth, Compassion, Wisdom and Dignity.

The Diocese invites its entire people to embrace and contribute to a culture of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

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Coat of Arms SmallerSafeguarding in the Diocese seeks to ensure children and vulnerable people are provided with the fundamental right to be kept safe and respected. This right is held sacred in our Gospel, international and local laws and within our Church policy and practice. 

diocesan-charterThe Safeguarding offices within the Diocese consist of:

i.  Diocesan Office for Safeguarding
ii.  Office for Safeguarding (Chancery)
iii.  Office for Safeguarding (Catholic Schools Office)
iv.  Office for Safeguarding (CatholicCare)

Each office is responsible for raising awareness and providing education on best practice to highlight our shared responsibility for the protection and safety of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Each office supports the Diocese in striving to respond compassionately and justly to allegations and disclosures of abuse and is fully compliant with child protection laws.

Download the Diocesan Office for Safeguarding Charter here.

Download Fr David Ranson's speech from the Launch of the Diocesan Office for Safeguarding.

Download Prayers of Compassion and Care Booklet 14 March 2019 (PDF 375.3KB)

If you require assistance, support or have a safeguarding concern or complaint please contact the relevant Office for Safeguarding.



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