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Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office

 

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.

The emotional, physical and spiritual safety, well-being and dignity of children is an integral part of the teachings and values of the Catholic Church.  The Archdiocese is wholly committed to ensuring the safety, well-being and dignity of all children, and acknowledges its important legal, moral and spiritual responsibility to create a safe and nurturing environment for those children.

The community has very clear expectations in matters relating to child protection and expects children will be protected from all forms of harm including sexual, physical and psychological harm, ill treatment and neglect.

The Archdiocese supports these expectations and strives to promote the safety and protection of children and other vulnerable persons in its care.

If you or a person close to you has been abused by someone working or ministering within the Archdiocese of Sydney, we invite you to contact us. We will listen to you respectfully, offer support and discuss the options you have available to you. Please contact the Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office on ph 02 9390 5812

 

Contact: Karen Larkman, Director
Address: Polding Centre, 133 Liverpool St Sydney 2000
Telephone: (02) 9390 5810
Email: karen.larkman@sydneycatholic.org

Latest Updates

  • National Response Protocol implemented from February 1, 2021

The following Safeguarding Policy and protocol documents were updated on 10 December 2021

  • Policy Definitions
  • Fact Sheet: Relevant Government Agencies
  • Guidance Document: Relevant Government Agencies
  • Fact Sheet: Reportable Conduct Scheme
  • Flowchart: Reporting Safeguarding Complaints
  • Fact Sheet: What to expect if you are the subject of a Safeguarding Complaint
  • Fact Sheet: What to expect when bringing forward a safeguarding complaint
  • Fact Sheet: National Response Protocol
  • Whistle-Blower Guidelines: Safeguarding Children
  • Fact Sheet: What conduct must be reported to the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian
  • Guidance Document: What conduct must be reported to the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian
  • Form: Details of Child Protection Matter that has been Reported to the NSW Police
  • Sample Interview Questions and Red Flags
  • Fact Sheet: Use of Technology and Social media to communicate with children
  • Protocol: Use of Technology and Social media to communicate with children