Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults Policy
The Archdiocese of Brisbane holds that children, young people and vulnerable adults are a gift from God with an intrinsic right to dignity of life, respect and security from physical and emotional harm. They are to be treasured, nurtured and safeguarded.
The Parish, in line with the Archdiocese of Brisbane’s Safeguarding Policy, has zero tolerance for all forms of abuse and is committed to safeguarding all who interact with the parish through its activities, ministries and services, especially children and adults at risk.
For more information, visit http://archbne.org/safeguarding.
Each Parish in the Archdiocese of Brisbane has a Local Safeguarding Representative who is responsible for:
The Archdiocesan Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults Prevention & Protection Policy can be found at: https://brisbanecatholic.org.au/support/safeguard
Our Parish Safeguarding Coordinator is: Clive Muchamore
Here is how you can report an incident or concern, or contact someone to talk about a safeguarding matter, or get more information:
- Talk to the police (Emergency: ‘000’ Non-emergency: 131 444) or KidsHelpLine (1800 55 1800 or www.kidshelpline.com.au)
- Through the anonymous STOPline (1300 304 550 or AOB@stopline.com.au)
- talk to our Local Parish Safeguarding Representative (SEE ABOVE)
- fill out a Safeguarding Incident Report and send it to email@example.com or GPO Box 282 Brisbane Qld 4001
VOLUNTEERS – Parish Ministries, Groups etc.
The Archdiocese of Brisbane has implemented standards of conduct for voluntary church workers to maintain a safe and healthy ministry environment. Our commitment to these standards requires that we have a record of your Blue Card and conduct background referencing for all who intend to engage in voluntary ministry having direct and regular involvement with children, young people and vulnerable adults.
- Safe Conduct Standards (Archdiocese of Brisbane)
- Prior Conduct Declaration (Archdiocese of Brisbane)
- Archdiocese of Brisbane Policy Whistleblower
The Archdiocese of Brisbane has the following safeguarding training packages, Safeguarding Induction, Applied Safeguarding Training and Training for Local Safeguarding Representatives, which can be viewed here https://brisbanecatholic.org.au/safeguarding/safeguarding-training
BLUE CARD – ‘No Card, No Start’
Individuals must have a valid blue card before they start paid work or volunteer. All card holders must apply to renew their blue card before it expires in order to continue working/volunteering. If an individual lets their card expire, they will have to cease work until they obtain a new valid blue card.