Selection, recruitment and screening
In seeking to provide safe and enriching interactions with children and young people within the context of parishes, agencies and entities, the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (CAM) sets out selection, recruitment and screening processes that consider the suitability and appropriateness of persons to work with children and young people in ministry or in an employment or voluntary role to minimise the risk of child abuse occurring.
Within an organisational context, some perpetrators purposefully seek volunteering or employment opportunities to gain access to children and young people, while others will take advantage of opportunities and situations to perpetrate abuse.
Consistent with the requirements of the Victorian Child Safe Standards, CAM parishes, agencies and entities recognise that the selection, recruitment and screening of suitable and appropriate persons to work and volunteer in child-related roles play an important role in relation to child safety. The INFORMATION SHEET: Selection, recruitment and screening provides an overview of selection, recruitment and screening steps designed to select persons who are committed and suitable to work safely with children and young people and reduce the likelihood of recruiting persons who may pose a risk. Additional information in relation to each of these elements is provided in a range of resources:
- INFORMATION SHEET: Creating role/position descriptions
- INFORMATION SHEET: Role boundaries
- INFORMATION SHEET: Interview questions
- INFORMATION SHEET: Conducting a referee check including Referee Check
- INFORMATION SHEET: Proof of Identity Record
- INFORMATION SHEET: Working with Children Check requirements
- INFORMATION SHEET: Criminal History Record Check (Police Record Check)
Criminal History Statutory Declaration
In addition, familiarisation with the Child Safety Code of Conduct, induction processes, training, supervision and performance management seek to support those in ministry or work to continue their engagement with the parish, agency or entity in a manner that is supported, fulfilling and promotes the safety of children and young people.
Safeguarding children and young people code of conduct
The Safeguarding Children and Young People Code of Conduct provides guidance to clergy, employees and volunteers in the context of their involvement with children and young people in their parish, agency or entity role. The Code of Conduct sets consistent expectations of behaviour in relation to contact with children and young people across the Archdiocese to promote the safety of children and young people across parishes, agencies and entities.
Clergy, employees and volunteers are required to read the Safeguarding Children and Young People Code of Conduct and sign the Safeguarding Children and Young People Code of Conduct Declaration upon their commencement and annually to coincide with the completion of annual child safety training requirements (see the ‘Safeguarding Training’ section of this policy). The completion of the Child Safety Code of Conduct Declaration is a requirement of a person’s engagement with a CAM parish, agency or entity. Failure to submit this declaration is a serious matter and may incur disciplinary action.
Child Safety Induction
Induction assists clergy, employees and volunteers to be introduced to the mission of the parish, agency and entity and the child safety culture and expectations to promote positive engagement.
Supervision and performance management
It is a requirement of the Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy that those whose roles involve working with children and young people are provided with supervision and support, to undertake their role in a manner which promotes the safety of children and young people and enables detection of behaviour that may be detrimental to children and young people. Performance management processes help to guide the development of those in ministry and working with children and young people to promote positive outcomes.