Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
Prevention and Protection
Our Parish is committed to the protection of our children and vulnerable adults from preventable harm. We want all families and children to know that our Church is a safe place to grow in God’s love. At OLSC all children, young people and vulnerable adults are to be treasured, nurtured and safeguarded by all.
Our Parish is implementing the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults policy which applies to clergy, religious, employees and volunteers in our Parish. The policy is intended to provide a uniform standard of best practice in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults across the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
The Policy Statement states:
… for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Mark 10.14
The Archdiocese of Brisbane holds that children, young people and vulnerable adults are a gift from God with an intrinsic right to dignity of life, respect and security from physical and emotional harm.They are to be treasured, nurtured and safeguarded by all.
This means that everyone in the church must ensure that the fundamental rights of children, young people and vulnerable adults are respected. This will be achieved through the development of respectful relationships and a commitment to safety embracing appropriate boundaries, behaviours and practices, in accordance with the Archdiocesan Code of Ethical Behaviour and adherence to legislative imperatives of the State.
We have been very proactive this year in implementing this program.
- Delivered four training sessions – approximately 170 of our parishioners attended this training
- Blue Cards and Police Checks are now held by those working in the specific ministries that require them
- Our volunteers are completing the Archdiocesan Volunteer Data Form and signing the Code of Ethical Behaviour and Confidential Agreement
- A register is maintained of all our activities to provide evidence of compliance with the policy for regular auditing purposes. /li>