Our Commitment to Safeguarding

We acknowledge that the Catholic Church has exposed vulnerable people to harm in the past

CatholicCare upholds a culture and practice of safeguarding to protect every person we serve. The welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults is at the heart of what we do. We expect, enable and empower staff and those in our care to speak up, share positive feedback, make a complaint and report abuse and neglect. We take any concern seriously and respond accordingly. We listen and value the insights from the children, young people and adults we support.

CatholicCare welcomes the release of the ten National Catholic Safeguarding Standards, which are in line with the Child Safe Standards identified by the Royal Commission, and the National Principles of a Child Safe Organisation. CatholicCare embeds safeguarding at the core of all our services, and we use the standards to support our ongoing commitment to the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

In addition to these safeguarding measures, CatholicCare is subject to a rigorous external audit of its services by a range of regulatory agencies, which includes demonstration of compliance with safeguarding and quality requirements.

If you require assistance, support or have a safeguarding concern please contact Angela Thomas, Manager for Safeguarding on (02) 9481 2683 or via email angela.thomas@catholiccaredbb.org.au.

Bishop Anthony’s safeguarding message can be viewed here.

The welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults is at the heart of what we do.

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