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 8510

Contact: Karen Larkman, Director
Address: Polding Centre, 133 Liverpool St Sydney 2000
Telephone: (02) 9390 5810


A message from the Archdiocese of Sydney:

Child sexual abuse is a crime. The appropriate people to deal with crimes are the police. If you, or anyone you know, have been abused, please contact the police. Alternatively, you can contact the Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office at (02) 9390 5810 or . You may also want to speak to your Parish Priest who will be able to provide support and guidance. The Archdiocese has a legal obligation to report crimes to the police.

Thank you to all those who were able to come to our 2023 Safeguarding Conference in June, we had over 275 Clergy attend and have received some really positive feedback. If you came to the Conference, you have completed all your Safeguarding requirements for 2023, however if you were unable to attend, are new to the Archdiocese or need to complete refresher training please see the online training links below.

We are excited to be revising and updating all our training packages and look forward to presenting fresh and informative training to Clergy, paid staff and volunteers in the near future.

We always welcome feedback which helps us to present the best possible training to all in the Archdiocese. If you have feedback or any questions, the Safeguarding Office can be contacted at or by calling Jennifer Orre on 9390 5813.