PERTH ARCHDIOCESE SAFEGUARDING PROJECT
The Perth Catholic Archdiocese is committed to the safety and security of all children and young people.
The Diocese recognises the need to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults and aims to achieve this through the Safeguarding Project. The project is child focused and informed by a fundamental belief that children have the right to physical and psychological safety at all times.
Policies and procedures have been put in place throughout the Archdiocesan parishes and all clergy, staff and volunteers are required to comply with the policy, procedures and practices.
Trained Safeguarding Officers have been appointed to parishes and their role is to assist parishioners in all matters regarding the safety of children and vulnerable adults.
Roles and Responsibilities of Parish Safeguarding Officers
The role of Parish Safeguarding Officer/s is key to ensuring that parishes meet the Archdiocese of Perth’s safeguarding responsibilities in all aspects of service that they undertake. Safeguarding Officers are required to:
- be a source of support, advice and information on all matters of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in the parish
- be the first point of contact for children, vulnerable adults and other members of the parish community regarding suspicions of abuse and other safeguarding concerns
- respond to all safeguarding concerns in line with the Archdiocese’s Safeguarding Policy and Procedures manual, reporting these concerns to the Safeguarding Project Coordinator and/or other authorities, as needed
- keep the Parish Priest informed of all concerns, responses and activities relating to safeguarding children and other members of the parish community
- raise the profile of safeguarding in the parish, ensuring that it remains a high priority, and report on any issues or concerns with the implementation of the safeguarding policy and procedures
- assist with proactive measures within parishes to safeguard children
- ensure that all statutory requirements on the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults are met.
St Emilie’s Parish Safeguarding Officer
In St Emilie’s Parish the following Safeguarding procedures have been implemented:
- the introduction of a second leader for Children’s Liturgy of the Word;
- all parish volunteers involved in activities with children, including our Extraordinary. Ministers of the Eucharist, are now required to have valid Working with Children Certificate;
- all parish volunteers are required to ‘sign in’ prior to serving.
If you have any safety concerns about a person in the parish or about a child protection or child safety issue you can discuss it with our Parish Safeguarding Officer.
St Emilie’s Parish Safeguarding Officer is: Marissa Munro Mobl: 0419 116 150 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Safeguarding Form 12 – Code of Behaviour for Children
Safeguarding Form 12 – Code of Behaviour for Children Taking Part in Church Activities All parents of children and young people participating in Parish activities, including choir and Children’s Liturgy, are asked to read through and discuss Form 12 of the Safeguarding Handbook with their child/ren. The form can be accessed via the Safeguarding tab on the Perth Archdiocese website or via the following link: https://bit.ly/2W5x3Vd