Safeguarding Background

Working with Children

Child Rights

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is an advocacy tool for cultural change. Child Rights Based Programming ensures actions of a community are focused on the safety and care of children and young people. The ultimate result is a genuine community who engages their children and young people and allows them to feel a valid member who can speak up, is listened to and respected as a human person.

haveyoursayVoice of the Child

“Adults need to learn that it doesn’t matter how old we are, we can still make change” - Female, 11 -17 years

There are many benefits of involving children and young people in organisational decision making therefore it is important to break down the barriers to their participation to ensure all children and young people can have the opportunity to participate. To learn more about engaging children and young people visit the website of the Office of the Advocate for Children and Young People.

Induction and Training

Staff and Volunteers (including clergy and leaders of the church) of the Diocese are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and vulnerable adults safe by attending an initial induction program and ongoing education and training opportunities. All education and awareness programs developed are in line with the learnings from the Royal Commission and consistent with the National Principles of a Child Safe Organisation and the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards. The education programs place emphasis on learners developing skills that can assist in addressing the needs of the child through understanding child development, safety and wellbeing. Further, staff and volunteers are able to identify indicators of child harm, respond effectively and support appropriately. The requirements of a worker’s commitment to safeguarding induction and training is detailed in the Policy: Safeguarding and Child Protection Training (Chancery).

Ongoing Performance Monitoring

Support, mentoring, oversight and professional supervision of those in child related work focuses on child safeguarding. Leaders within the workplace are encouraged to provide clear expectations about the workers role and responsibilities and giving the worker access to support and training that can equip them to perform their roles as professionally as possible and children are safe from harm. [Reference: National Catholic Safeguarding Standard 5.4] Policy: Code of Conduct

Working with Children Check

“The working with children check is only one way our Diocese ensures those that access children act appropriately.”

Diocesan policies, procedures and practices seek to highlight the importance of protecting children, young people and vulnerable adults by detailing best practice and the procedures that must be taken by the relevant agencies.

  • It is a legislative requirement for all Diocesan Church Workers including volunteers apply for their own Working with Children Check every five years.
  • Employers must verify a child related worker’s or volunteer’s clearance number (each Parish).
  • The Office for Safeguarding (Chancery) manages all Working with Children Check verifications for Clergy and Chancery paid workers who are in child related roles.
  • Parishes manage all the Working with Children Check verifications for paid workers or volunteers in child related roles.
  • The same Working with Children Check applies to everyone – paid workers, self-employed people or volunteers.
  • All persons with a clearance will be continuously monitored for serious sex or violence offences.
  • All Diocesan Church Workers in child related roles, including volunteers, are required to renew their Working with Children’s Check prior to the expiry date.

Applications for the Working with Children Check and the Employers verification process are completed online. A fee applies for paid workers and self-employed people when applying for a Working with Children Check and is free for volunteers. 

Relevant Safeguarding offices assist agencies with advice on which roles are considered child related and require a check. Positions that are considered child related cannot be taken up until the check is verified. For assistance please contact the relevant Office for SafeguardingPolicy: Working with Children Check