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:

  • Promoting a positive experience of the Church and creating a strong community of faith.
  • Preventing misconduct
  • Dealing effectively with any allegations which are substantiated, including responding compassionately to anyone who has been affected.
  • Ensuring fair process for persons against whom allegations are made

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.

 Downloadable A4 pdf (448kb) poster for use in parishes.  Reporting Abuse 

Reportable Conduct Scheme

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:

  • Sexual offence
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Physical violence - actual or apprehended, committed against, with or in the presence of a child
  • Behaviour causing significant emotional or psychological harm to a child
  • Significant neglect of a child.

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.