Safeguarding responsibilities

Leadership responsibilities

The leadership of each parish, agency and entity is responsible for ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy and relevant procedures and practices to promote the safety of children and young people.

The Safeguarding Committee established within each parish, agency or entity plays a central role in assisting the parish priest, or agency or entity leaders with implementation of the requirements of the Safeguarding Children and Young People policy and compliance with requirements of the child-safety standards frameworks. Within CAM, the leadership of each parish, agency or entity with its Safeguarding Committee is required to summarise its compliance with the requirements of the safeguarding framework on an annual basis.

Safeguarding Committee

A committee located within each parish, agency or entity, comprising clergy, employees and volunteers who work collaboratively with the leadership of each parish, agency and entity to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.

INFORMATION SHEET: Parish, agency and entity safeguarding responsibilities

 

Clergy, employees and volunteers

All persons in ministry, working or volunteering within the Archdiocese have a moral, legal and ethical responsibility to care for, and promote the wellbeing of children and young people, and protect them from harm or abuse by complying with clear behavioural expectations to act in manner that is caring, respectful and safe toward children and young people. Child safety is a collective responsibility and is best achieved with the involvement of clergy, employees and volunteers working together.

 

Professional Standards Unit (PSU)

The PSU is responsible for:

  • implementing safeguarding practices and processes outlined in the Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy
  • strengthening their efforts in relation to child safety by providing support, advice and training
  • monitoring and continually improving safeguarding practices and processes
  • coordinating the response to allegations and reports of child safety related misconduct and child abuse in relation to clergy, employees and volunteers across the Archdiocese.