Safeguarding Background

What is Safeguarding?

What is Safeguarding?

Parishes throughout the Diocese of Broken Bay demonstrate a commitment to their people by the provision of many varied ministries. It is through these ministries that the value and personal dignity of the parishioner is celebrated and protected. When a parish is called upon to safeguard its people, the Catholic Church is asking them to pro-actively support a culture of safety and care that espouses honesty, engagement, and conversation. The result is a community environment where children and vulnerable adults: know that their community is alert to areas of risk and harm, and are capable of applying appropriate actions of prevention; are confident to voice their concerns at all times, and have trust that their concerns will be listened to respectfully and seriously.

These actions create a culture of safety and care founded in line with the following standards and principles:

Child Safe Standards Identified by the Royal Commission

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National Principles of a Child Safe Organisation

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National Catholic Safeguarding Standards

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More information on Safeguarding
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse child safe standards.
Defining Reportable Conduct, NSW Ombudsman
ChildWise
Catholic Professional Standards Ltd
Child Safe National Principles
Family and Community Services
NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian  
Australian Human Rights Commission
Office of the eSafety Commissioner 
NSW Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Unit 

If you have any concerns about reportable conduct in the Diocese, please contact the relevant Safeguarding Office.