The Catholic Diocese of Sale is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment to people of all ages, with special concern for children, young people and vulnerable adults.
The Catholic Diocese of Sale aims to deal with all reports fairly and appropriately, and to act on the following principles:
The Diocese is committed to a policy of zero tolerance to all forms of abuse. The Diocese will respond to complaints of unprofessional conduct in accordance with nationally established standards and protocols and ensure adherence to relevant legislation.
For criminal allegations of child abuse, the Diocese will conform to Victorian legislation by contacting Victoria Police, the Professional Standards Officer and the IR/HR Unit of DOSCEL. Mandatory Reporting laws will be followed, as will legislated requirements of the Reportable Conduct Scheme. Any child who is considered to be in imminent danger following an allegation of abuse will be reported immediately to the Department of Health and Human Services (Child Protection).
For more information, please email the Professional Standards Office, on (03) 5614 5140.
Under the Scheme, a head of an organisation is required by law to notify the Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) of all allegations of reportable conduct by employees, contractors and volunteers.
Reportable conduct involves:
A reportable allegation occurs when a person forms a reasonable belief that a worker or volunteer has committed reportable conduct or misconduct that may include reportable conduct. The allegation does not require proof and should be considered more than trivial.
Anyone making a report under the Reportable Conduct Scheme should notify the Professional Standards Office or IR Unit of DOSCEL, whose contact details appear on this website.
For more information, please visit the Commission for Children and Young People website.