212 Boronia Road, Boronia, 3155
1264 Mountain Hwy, The Basin, 3154
Fr. Mirek Knap CR
(03) 9761 2124
Tue, Wed, Thur & Fri – 9am to 3pm


St Joseph's and St Bernadette's - Boronia Parish
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212 Boronia Road, Boronia, 3155
1264 Mountain Hwy, The Basin, 3154
Fr. Mirek Knap CR
(03) 9761 2124
Tue, Wed, Thur & Fri – 9am to 3pm

Child Safety


Boronia Parish St Joseph and St Bernadette Commitment Statement to Child Safety


The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, as well as St Joseph’s, Boronia and St Bernadette’s, The Basin, hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as a fundamental responsibility of the Church. This commitment is drawn from and inherent to, the teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and the dignity of each human person at the heart of the Gospel.


We are committed to a safe and nurturing culture for all children and young people in our Church.

We want our children to be safe, happy and empowered.

As a parish within the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, St Joseph and St Bernadette have a 

universal expectation for the protection of children. It is resolutely committed to ensuring that all 

those engaged in the Church and within our parish promote the inherent dignity of children and 

young people and their fundamental right to be respected and nurtured in a safe environment. This is 

particularly so for the most vulnerable children, including aboriginal children, those from culturally 

and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and children with a disability.

The Catholic Church has a moral, legal and mission-driven responsibility to create nurturing 

environments where children and young people are respected, their voices are heard and where they 

are safe and feel safe.



The National Catholic Safeguarding Standards provide a framework for Catholic Church entities to build child-safe cultures.

The National Catholic Safeguarding Standards (NCSS) are designed to be implemented by all Catholic entities, ministries and organisations across Australia.

The constitute a framework which articulates the requirements for Catholic entities to promote the safety of children through the implementation of policies and activities to prevent, respond to and report concerns regarding child abuse.

They are designed to drive cultural and behavioural change and promote accountability and transparency of Catholic Church leaders and their ministries and entities.

The 10 National Catholic Safeguarding Standards are taken directly from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s final report, Volume 6.

The Standards work together and ensure each entity, ministry and organisation across the Catholic Church place child safety at the core of how they plan, think and act.

The first phase of development of the Standards focuses on safeguarding practices for the protection of children.  The Standards will subsequently be extended to include safeguarding practices relating to vulnerable adults.




St Joseph's and St Bernadette's Parish safeguarding policies have been provided below. 

This includes the Statement of Commitment and the Safeguarding Children & Young People Code of


For your information the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (CAM) have provided translated documents. 


The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (



 The new policy mandates that all need to comply with two requirements to continue volunteering, namely:

1.    To undergo an induction process that incorporates safeguarding awareness to build a foundation of

 understanding and commitment to the safety of children and young people; and

2.    To obtain a Working with Children Check (and depending on the type of parish ministry, a Police


Further information in reference to Requirements of Volunteers please refer to our page on Safeguarding Requirements.


Child Safety Policy

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