In the spirit of the Gospel and the healing ministry of Jesus, the Catholic Church in Australia is committed to the care, protection and safety of children and adults at risk.
This commitment extends to the governance (control framework) of safeguarding and its implementation.
There are two layers of governance: the first is that of the Australian Catholic Safeguarding Limited (ACSL) with a national focus on safeguarding across the Catholic Church in Australia; the second being the individual governance committees established by each Diocese to oversee safeguarding in their constituent parishes and schools.
In the context of the Catholic Diocese of Sale, the governance is addressed by the Professional Standards Committee (PSC).
The Australian Catholic Safeguarding Limited (ACSL) represents an evolution in safeguarding in the Catholic Church.
It was established in January 2021 by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Catholic Religious Australia and Association of Ministerial PJPs. It is a single entity which incorporates a number of bodies such as Catholic Professional Standards Limited, CPSL (established in 2016), the Australian Catholic Centre for Professional Standards and functions of the Australian Catholic Ministry Register.
ACSL operates independently from the Catholic Church under the direction of a Board of Directors and its focus is the safeguarding of children and adults at risk.
Statement of Purpose
For more information, please visit https://www.cpsltd.org.au/ the ACSL website is accessed here.
The Professional Standards Committee (PSC) of the Diocese of Sale is an advisory body to the Bishop who is the ultimate decision maker. It oversees and monitors policies, procedures and practices which safeguard children and adults at risk to ensure safeguarding functions are embedded in the governance structures and practices of the Diocese and DOSCEL.
For a listing of committee members, please refer to the Diocesan Committees and Commissions page.
For further information, contact the Diocesan Professional Standards Officer, Dr. Angela Lecomber on firstname.lastname@example.org or contact (03) 5614 5140.