St Pius X
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St Pius X Catholic Parish
419 Waterdale Road, Heidelberg West, Vic
Fr. Wayne Edwards, Parish Priest
(03) 9457 5794
Tue, Wed & Fri – 10am to 3.00pm Parish Secretary - Junia Avramopoulos

Safeguarding Children & Young People

Safeguarding Children Young People & Vulnerable Adults

At St Pius X Parish we hold the care, safety and wellbeing of all as a fundamental responsibility. All people have the right to feel safe and protected from all forms of abuse and neglect. The care, safety, wellbeing and dignity of all are integral parts of the teachings and values of the Catholic Church. In particular, St Pius X has an unequivocal commitment to fostering the dignity, self-esteem and integrity of children, young people and vulnerable adults, providing them with a safe, supportive and enriching environment to develop spiritually, physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.

Our St Pius X  Parish Child Safety Policy, Child Code of Conduct and associated policies and procedures have a specific focus on safeguarding children and young people, against sexual, physical, psychological and emotional abuse or neglect within our parish environs, in parish related online communication and other parish related locations.
Listed below are the resources supporting child safety at St Pius X Parish.
If you have concerns that a child or young person may be in an abusive situation or at risk of abuse, or if you wish to discuss a situation of abuse that may have occurred in the past, please contact Fr Wayne Edwards, our Parish Priest, on 9457 5794 or or contact our parish office on 9457 5794.  If a child or young person is in imminent danger, call Police on 000 immediately.

Online Training Modules

Co-facilitated by the Professional Standards Unit and Catholic Church Insurance, the Safeguarding Risk Management Fundamentals e-Learning video modules are designed to increase your awareness of safeguarding risks within your parish and develop your understanding of how to conduct a risk assessment.
The content is presented over three 20 minute modules, providing a step-by-step demonstration of the risk management process to identify, analyse and address possible risks to provide safe physical and online environments for children and young people.
These modules are recommended for Safeguarding Committee members and any person responsible for overseeing, coordinating and delivering programs within a parish.
If you have completed the above modules, please notify the Parish Office so that we can keep a list of people who have completed them.

Parenting with Families, Carers and Communities

Guide for Parents and Carers

Empowering Children and Young People - Information Sheet

Encouraging the Participation of Children and Young People in Decision-making - Information Sheet

Consulting with Children and Young People - Information Sheet

Application Forms for Volunteers

Application forms for Volunteers

If you need assistance with completing an application for a Working With Children Check volunteer form or a Victorian Police Check, please make an appointment to see Junia by contacting the Parish office, or emailing 

From the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

From the Victorian Government

Safeguarding Attachments

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