A recent audit has shown the Sandhurst Diocese in Victoria to be fully compliant with nearly all of its standards to protect children from abuse, harm and neglect. Source: Bendigo Advertiser.
Results showed the diocese was 96 per cent compliant with its safeguarding requirements, meeting 99 out of 103 requirements. It was in the initial stages of meeting the four remaining.
Recommendations from the Australian Catholic Safeguarding authority included the diocese improving documentation from interviews with potential volunteers. It also told the diocese to make sure parishes publish details of child safety officers more broadly.
Parishes were also reminded to make sure personnel linked Working With Children Checks obtained through different organisations to parish activities.
Auditors also recommended the diocese keep its compliant records in a fire proof safe or cabinet, or upload them in a soft copy, for the required 50 years. The records were being stored in locked cupboards.
They also recommended the diocese implement more regular networking and information sessions for child safety officers to discuss safeguarding practices, initiatives and strategies.
Bishop Shane Mackinlay welcomed the report, saying its results were an encouraging endorsement of safeguarding efforts undertaken over many years across the Sandhurst Diocese and its parishes.
“The diocese recognises that ensuring the safety and care of children, and adults at risk, requires that safeguarding be an ongoing priority. The audit report provides valuable insights and recommendations on how the diocese can improve its practices and policies relating to safeguarding issues in areas including risk management, support for parish safeguarding officers, and online safety,” Bishop Mackinlay said.
“The diocese is committed to continuous improvement in these and other nominated areas and will work to implement the recommendations of the audit report.”
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