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WHAT IS SAFEGUARDING

The Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office was established in the Archdiocese of Sydney in November 2015. The role of the Safeguarding Office is to raise awareness regarding our collective responsibility to protect the safety, well-being and dignity of children, young people and vulnerable adults within the Archdiocese of Sydney and to respond swiftly and compassionately in circumstances in which children are harmed or at risk of being harmed.

The focus of the Safeguarding Office is the prevention of abuse and harm to children, young people and the vulnerable within our Archdiocese.  To this end, the Safeguarding Office has been developing and delivering training programmes on a range of Safeguarding protocols and procedures that work together to protect children from harm.  These protocols and procedures embody the inherent values of the Catholic Church. READ MORE

DO YOU VOLUNTEER AT ST JOHN BOSCO PARISH  
 The Safeguarding & Ministerial Integrity Office, in conjunction with the Parish has identified all our volunteers for ministries require a 
1: Working With Children Check:
2: Signed Code of Conduct form (contact the parish office) 
3: Safeguarding Induction Training is require for all parish volunteers

PARISH SAFEGUARDING TRAINING

All volunteers in our parish ministries that work with children must complete Parish Safeguarding Training even if you have completed such training with another organisation eg: school, you need to complete Parish based training to understand the parish context and unique processes.


In light of the current COVID19 restrictions, parish face-to-face training has been suspended until restrictions are sufficiently eased. Training is vital! Ifyou have yet to complete training, or wish to refresh your understanding of Safeguarding (should be undertaken every three years), please register with the Archdiocese to undertake their online training. This initiative is convenient and can be completed on any of your devices. Register


ALL parishioners are welcome and encouraged to register and complete this training.


WORKING WITH CHILDRENS CHECK (WWCC)

It is a legislative requirement for all Archdioesan Church Workers including volunteers apply for their own Working With Children Check every five years.  Employers must verify a child related worker’s or volunteer’s clearance number (each Parish).


  • Parishes manage all the Working with Children Check verifications for paid workers or volunteers in child related roles.
  • All persons with a clearance will be continuously monitored for serious sex or violence offences.
  • All paid Workers including volunteers in child related roles are required to renew their Working with Children’s Check prior to the expiry date.

The below fact sheets will help guide and assist parishes in the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. For further information on Working With Children Checks go to the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy


ONLINE SAFETY

The global impact of COVID19 means that many adults, children and young people are spending more time at home and more time online.  The Safeguarding Office has launched a number of Fact Sheets that provide children, young people, parents, guardians, employees and volunteers with information and guidance on how to safely engage in online communication. 

The Safeguarding Office wants to develop further resources that will provide everyone with the knowledge and skills to help keep everyone safe online and are turning to Parishes for help to roll out this initiative. 

They have developed a 5 minute CyberSafety Survey for adults and children to complete that will enable them to gain a better understanding the need, in order to develop appropriate resources. These resources are expected to be released during CHILD PROTECTION WEEK during September this year. 

The survey is quick to complete, consists of 26 questions, 13 of these are to be answered  by adults and the other 11 questions are to be answered by children and young people. The survey is anonymous, and you don’t have to have children in order to participate. The questions have been designed to be fun and gauge an individuals basic understanding of eSafety. 

ACCESSING MATERIALS FROM THE ARCHDIOCESE ON SAFEGUARDING
The Safeguarding Office for the Archdiocese has revised a number of important policies and protocols to reflect recent legislative changes (as at 2020). These can be accessed https://www.sydneycatholic.org/safeguarding-and-child-protection/


The Archdiocese offers a range of other helpful resources and these can be accessed HERE


Got questions or need help: boscosafeguarding@gmail.com



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