Working with Children

Children with adults drawing

The parish and the Diocese of Broken Bay strive to provide a safe environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults in its care and we are committed to maintaining a pastoral community that models the essential qualities of ethical and moral behaviour. The principles upon which this behaviour is based include; integrity, commitment, presence, servant leadership, truth, compassion, wisdom and dignity.

We invite everyone to embrace and contribute to a culture safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

Further information regarding safeguarding in the Catholic Diocese of Broken Bay may be found at the links below.

Document: National Catholic Safeguarding Standards  (PDF 716.9KB)

Access Broken Bay Diocesan Office for Safeguarding information

Diocese of Broken Bay Safeguarding Contacts

The following staff within the Diocese are primary points of contact for safeguarding issues.

Mrs Melinda Rixon
Manager for Safeguarding
Office for Safeguarding
Diocese of Broken Bay
02 8379 1605

Ms Tamara Hughes
Manager for Safeguarding
Catholic Schools Office
Diocese of Broken Bay
02 9847 0610

Mrs Angela Thomas
Manager for Safeguarding
CatholicCare
Diocese of Broken Bay
02 9481 2683

Sexual abuse is a crime. To report sexual abuse, contact local police or Crimestoppers at 1800 33 3000. Or Melinda, Tamara and Angela above can assist you reporting abuse to the Police or to report it for you.

Working With Children Check

A Working With Children Check is a requirement for any person who works or volunteers in child-related work within the parish. The check involves a national criminal history check and a review of findings of workplace misconduct.

The result of a Working With Children Check is either a clearance to work with children for five years, or a bar against working with children. Cleared applicants are subject to ongoing monitoring and relevant new information may lead to a clearance being revoked.

The Working With Children Check is portable so it can be used for any paid or unpaid child-related work in NSW for as long as the person remains cleared.

Please contact the parish office if you are to take up a child-related role within the parish.

Document: National Principles for Child Safe Organisations

Access Working with Children information at the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian

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