Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone has the right to be safe all the time. All those who minister within the Archdiocese adhere to the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards which serves to protect all children and vulnerable adults. The Archdiocese of Brisbane does not tolerate abuse by Church personnel or others involved in its ministries and services. The Archdiocese provides the following documents to assist parishes & faith communities in implementing the safeguarding policy:
All Archdiocesan church workers and the wider faith community are strongly encouraged to seek the advice and assistance of the Office for Safeguarding Services on +61 (0)7 3324 3752 or at email@example.com , particularly where safeguarding related disclosures, suspicions and allegations arise.
Visit the Safeguarding AOB Resource Hub for information, training videos, resources and key safeguarding contacts and also add a picture of the front page of the resource hub.
The Local Safeguarding Representative for St Agatha’s Parish is Mrs Catriona McPherson who can be contacted on +61 (0)456 441 717 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STOPline is a confidential external service provided by the Archdiocese to receive information about `reportable conduct` including suspected abuse, misconduct and policy breaches. Information can be shared about the Archdiocese, Brisbane Catholic Education and Centacare Brisbane.
Information can be provided anonymously. The Archdiocese strongly encourages those with concerns about `reportable conduct` to use STOPline. All incidents and concerns that may be criminal should be reported directly to the Queensland Police Service for investigation.
Within the Archdiocese, safeguarding includes the actions undertaken to promote the protection and well-being of those who engage with the Archdiocese and to prevent abuse. The Archdiocese holds that children and vulnerable adults are a gift from God with an intrinsic right to dignity of life, respect and protection from harm. The Archdiocese does not tolerate abuse by Church personnel or others involved in its ministries and services. As an outcome of the Royal Commission the Truth Justice and Healing Council has developed a Towards Healing Policy.Code of ethical BehaviourCatholic Integrity CodesTowards Healing Policy
The Archdiocese has a number of support services and important links available at the Office for Safeguarding Services; some of these are available below.