A second draft of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards that will support the Church's work in ensuring safe places for children and vulnerable adults has been released prior to final adoption. Source: CPSL.
After rigorous consultation processes conducted by Catholic Professional Standards Limited, a second draft of the Standards was provided to the November plenary meeting of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and to Catholic Religious Australia for their consideration, in line with CPSL’s constitution.
CPSL chief Sheree Limbrick said it is understood that finalisation could take another month or so but that significant changes are not expected.
“We have decided to release this second draft to enable participating entities to closely consider the detail of the Standards and support material designed specifically to support implementation," Ms Limbrick said.
“It is very important that those entities scheduled for audit have time to prepare.
“This current draft of the Standards is the result of 18 months of consultation and testing. They have been mapped against state legislation, the recommendations made by the royal commission and by national bodies and overseas experience.
“They take the new National Principles for Child Safe Organisations and apply them to the Catholic Church context.” Ms Limbrick said.
The second draft of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards is available on CPSL’s website.
Catholic Professional Standards Ltd is a not-for-profit public company established by the leadership of the Church during the child sexual abuse royal commission to develop national safeguarding standards, to audit the compliance of Church authorities with those standards and to publicly report the results.
CPSL is functionally independent of the Church.