Safeguarding Responsibilities

Leadership responsibilities

At St Therese’s the Leadership Team has accepted the responsibility of ensuring the implementation of the requirements of the Safeguarding Children and Young People policy and compliance with requirements of the child-safety standards frameworks.

Safeguarding Committee

It is a requirement of the child-safety standards framework that our parish has a Safeguarding Committee. Our Leadership Team has assumed the overall responsibility of that Safeguarding Committee. The Safeguarding Committee’s role is to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.

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:

  • implement safeguarding practices and processes outlined in the Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy
  • strengthen their efforts in relation to child safety by providing support, advice and training
  • monitor and continually improve safeguarding practices and processes
  • coordinate the response to allegations and reports of child safety related misconduct and child abuse in relation to clergy, employees and volunteers across the Archdiocese