The Catholic Church has a mission; driven by a moral and legal responsibility to create a nurturing environment where children and young people are respected, where their voices are heard and where they feel safe and are safe.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (CAM) holds the care, safety and well-being of children and young people (under 18 years of age) as a fundamental responsibility of the church. This commitment is drawn from and inherent to, the teaching mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and the dignity of each human person at the heart of the Gospel.
Safeguarding Essentials is a 30-60 minute online training module for all clergy, staff and volunteers within the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. This will be an annual requirement for clergy and staff and required every 3 years of volunteers. It is able to be completed individually online. At the completion of the training, participants will receive a certificate of completion.
This requirement is there so we can keep all those who are vulnerable safe in our community.
If assistance is required please book a time with: Lynda.Rawlins@cam.org.au
Safeguarding Documents and Forms
The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne acknowledges that preventing abuse requires proactive approaches within parishes, to meet with these requirements all volunteers must have a current Working with Children Clearance and are required to have read and signed the Code of conduct declaration.
In some instances a Police check may also be required, these circumstances may include but not limited to:
Communion to the sick
Children's liturgy Driving parishioners (ie. to or from Mass)
Finance committee members
Safeguarding is Everyone's Responsibility
"At the heart of who we are is not all the buildings but the person of Jesus Christ, who enters into our lives and who we then share with others. "
Archbishop Peter A Comensoli.