Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Persons


Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility

At St Therese's Parish Essendon, we consider the safety and wellbeing of all persons to be our highest priority.

We acknowledge that children, young people and vulnerable adults may require additional safeguards to promote their safety and wellbeing and promote their participation.

Clergy, employees and volunteers are committed to upholding the right to safety of all persons, and participating in a creating a culture of safety supported by policies, practices and procedures that strive to prevent abuse in the first instance and to respond appropriately and effectively if abuse does occur.

At St Therese's we strive to create an inclusive and welcoming parish which enables its people to grow and develop in their faith free from abuse, harm and neglect.  


St Therese's Parish Safeguarding Officer is Dr Olivia Metcalf.

For any concerns email


St Therese\'s Essendon Parish

Child Safety Code of Conduct, Commitment and Policy

All clergy, employees and volunteers of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (including St Therese's Parish) are required to uphold and abide by the following policies, produced by the CAM Professional Standards Unit. 

Safeguarding Children and Young People Code of Conduct : Click Here

Safeguarding Children and Young People Declaration of Commitment: Click Here

Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy: Click Here


Teach your Child How to Keep Themselves Safe

Empowerment and participation of children

Safety of children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Safety of children with a disability

Cultural safety of Aboriginal children