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SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

WE ALL HAVE A ROLE TO PLAY IN KEEPING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE SAFE.

Each and everyone of us can make a difference.



Safeguarding is everyone's responsibility.  In the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, we consider the safety and wellbeing of all persons to be our highest priority.

We too acknowledge that children, young people and adults at risk may require additional safeguards to promote their participation, wellbeing and safety.

Clergy, employees and volunteers are committed to upholding the right to safety of all persons, and participating in creating a culture of safety supported by policies, practices and procedures that strive to prevent abuse in the first instance and to respond appropriately and effectively if abuse does occur.  Across the Archdiocese, we respect the human dignity of each person and strive to create an inclusive and welcoming Church that enables its people to grow and develop in their faith freely and in a caring and supportive environment.


At the heart of who we are is not all the buildings but the person of Jesus Christ, who enters into our lives and who we then share with others. 

Archbishop Peter A Comensoli

 

' The effective protection of minors and a commitment to ensure their human and spiritual development, in keeping with the dignity of the human person, are integral parts of the Gospel message that the Church and all members of the faithful are called to spread throughout the world.'

Pope Francis

Protecting God's Children

 

A Resource for Parents


As children’s first and most enduring educators, parents are best placed to begin conversations with their children in an age and developmentally appropriate way.Protecting God’s Children Parent Resouce: A Catholic Parent’s Guide to Keeping Their Kids Safeis a protective behaviours resource aimed at supportingCatholic parents of children aged 5-12 years old.The resource helps parents teach children a range of important personal safety skills, supports the development of emotional intelligence skills and promotes a child’s understanding of the right to feel safe through engaging activities and storybooks.Using the concept of "basket fillers", the resource begins by exploring the theme, “God gave all children the right to feel safe at all times” and sequentially builds on:

  • children’s understanding of safety
  • awareness of their feelings and early warning signs
  • body awareness
  • helping seeking strategies
  • empowering children to say no in unsafe situations
  • reinforcing the concept of personal space,and
  • importantly the theme of “Nothing is so awful that we can’t talk with someone about it”.

Whilst we maintain that adults are ultimately responsible for maintaining safe environments for children, it is just as important to empowerchildren to recognise when they are feeling unsafe and to tella trusted adult (or adults) so that action is taken to help them be safe and feel safe.

Developed by Andrea Musulin(Director of Safeguarding, Catholic Archdiocese of Perth), thisresource has been adapted by our Professional Standards Unit (PSU)for use by families within the Melbourne Archdiocese. We also thank Archbishop Timothy CostelloeSDB (Archbishop of Perth)for making the resource available to us.

 

Protecting God's Children Parent Resource

 

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