Child Safe Practices & Safeguarding
CatholicCare takes child protection and safeguarding seriously and believes that it is a shared responsibility of all to ensure the safety and ongoing protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults who access our services.
We offer a wide range of services with the aim to improve outcomes for clients and the community.
In line with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 CatholicCare require all staff, contractors, students and volunteers in a child-related role to hold a valid and verified Working with Children Check. We acknowledge that a Working with Children Check is not the only method that should be used to protect children and utilise a range of approaches in practice in our commitment to being child safe.
As an additional measure we require that all roles within CatholicCare to provide a National Criminal History Check.
We offer compulsory learning and development modules that are centred around child safe practices and safeguarding principles and include Allegations against Employees (AaE) and Recognising and Responding to a Child or Young Person at Risk of Significant Harm (RoSH) training to all new permanent employees at CatholicCare in child related roles.
All employees of CatholicCare are mandatory reporters and are supported to identify and report abuse and neglect of children that attend our services and assist families to provide safe environments for children.
CatholicCare are committed to being a child safe organisation and providing services that empower vulnerable young people and adults to speak up and report abuse and neglect.