Safeguarding Committee/Officer Roles
In line with The CAM Safeguarding Children and Young People Framework, St Carthage’s is committed to fulfilling all roles and responsibilities for the upmost safety of all young and vulnerable people in Our Parish.
Please find the link below an important read regarding the role of the safeguarding Committee AND the responsibilities we recognise as belonging to all parishioners who are committed to fellow parishioners, friends and guests.
Signed Safeguarding Statement: PP signed safeguarding statement
We, at St Carthage’s, are committed to the safety and well-being of all vulnerable people.
New Victorian Child Safe Standards
The new Victorian Child Safe Standards (VCSS) have been in effect since 1 July. Parishes can find more information at our new Victorian Child Safe Standards webpage here. Resources include:
* a link to a webinar recording and a copy of the presentation PDF
* links to a series of new PSU VCSS information sheets
* a new Self-Assessment Tool for Victorian Child Safe Standard
New e-learning resource: Aboriginal Cultural Safety—A conversation with Sherry Balcombe and Michael Chisholm. Loretta Hoban (Policy Advisor, Professional Standards Unit) leads a conversation with Sherry Balcombe (Manager, Aboriginal Catholic Ministry Victoria) and Michael Chisholm (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Team Lead, Sandhurst Diocese) to discuss the concept of cultural safety and its importance and practical application within our parishes.
To view this recording, click here.
Ryan Gardiner, Safeguarding Officer—Western Region, has left his role at the Archdiocese to pursue other employment opportunities and pathways. The PSU sincerely wishes Ryan all the best with his future endeavours.
We are also excited to announce that Rosemary Teed has been appointed as Safeguarding Officer—Western Region. Rosemary is no stranger to the Archdiocese and was part of the PSU team throughout 2020–2021. After a year in leadership positions working with children, young people and families experiencing complex issues, including mental health issues, Rosemary returned to the PSU on 22 August. Her knowledge, experience, relationship-building skills and existing parish connections will be invaluable in her work with parishes.
Safeguarding Essentials online training is now live!
The long-awaited Safeguarding Essentials online training module for all clergy and volunteers is now live!
Safeguarding Essentials is a 30-minute online training module for all clergy and volunteers within the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. Employees will soon be able to access the training module on Employment Hero.
This accessible and engaging resource provides clergy and volunteers with foundational knowledge and a clear understanding of their duty of care and expectations in relation to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable persons from all forms of abuse and harm.
This will be:
- an annual requirement for everyone
- possible to complete individually online.
At the completion of the training:
- participants will receive a certificate of completion
- the parish will also receive notification that the module has been completed successfully.
How to access the training
To access the online training go to: www.safeguarding.melbournecatholic.org
To login, each volunteer or clergy member will need:
- their unique Working with Children Check ID
- an email address.
To register, clergy will need to select ‘Archdiocese of Melbourne’ from the dropdown menu as their Primary Organisation of Service.
To register, volunteers will need to select their parish from the dropdown menu as their Primary Organisation of Service.
Hosting group training sessions
For those parishes who would like to host a group session, one Working with Children Check ID is necessary to log in, and the person with that ID will receive the certificate of completion.
For the group sessions, parishes are advised to record those in attendance and set an annual reminder for completion. They may also issue certificates of completion.
Q: When I click on the URL provided to access the online training, I cannot see the Working with Children Check (WWCC) ID box where I am to sign in. How do I locate this?
A: It is likely the internet browser you are using is not up to date. You will need to download another browser (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari or Firefox).
Q: I want to better understand what my WWCC ID will be used for and how my privacy will be protected?
If you are having difficulties accessing the online training module, you are advised to try to resolve it within your parish. However, if you continue to experience difficulties you should log a job with the IT help desk at: firstname.lastname@example.org