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1. Professional Development Training for leadership in the Diocese of Parramatta

The Royal Commission Child Safe Standard 7 states 'staff are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children safe through continual training and education'. The Diocese of Parramatta recognises the importance of education and training in respect to safeguarding and professional standards in creating and maintaining a safe environment for children across all agencies. The training goes beyond child protection to also providing education in improving engagement with adults to ensure the vulnerable are supported and risks are identified in agencies in respect to problematic or reportable behaviour.

See Professional Development Training Calendar 2020

The Modules offered in the professional development program for those in leadership positions across the Diocese of Parramatta are:

Building Safe Foundations Part 1
Building Safe Foundations Part 2
Keeping Our Ministries Safe online (including cyberbullying, social networking and sexting)
Safeguarding our Workplaces - managing volunteers
Cultural considerations in Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
Investigations in Practice
Challenging Conversations
Responding to high risk behaviours in adults
Trauma-informed care with families impacted by domestic violence
Safeguarding in NSW Part 4 - partnering with families, carers and communities (Standard 3)
Listening and Walking with Survivors
Conflict resolution skills
Vicarious resilience and vicarious trauma
Engaging the voice of the child/young person in creating a safer church
Resilience in Ministry

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2. Diocesan Child Protection Policy

The following policy aims to provide guidance in relation to expected professional standards, mandatory requirements, and best practices approaches for people working with children and young people in the pastoral sector of the Diocese.


3. Safeguarding Manual

The following manual it to ensure parishes and ministries in the Diocese of Parramatta are welcoming and safe environments for all staff, parishioners, clients and students.


4. The 3Rs - Reassure, Record and Report

This is a helpful tool of three steps to follow in order to help respond to receiving information indicating a possible risk of immediate harm to, or a report of current or historical abuse of, a child or adult.


5. Integrity in Ministry

This Document serves as a resource for those preparing for ministry in the Catholic Church and as a code of conduct and guide for reflection for those already involved in ministry. It sets out behaviour for clergy and religious to integrate into their day-to-day ministry and serves as check-list against which they can review the quality of the ministerial activities in which they engage.


6. Integrity in the Service of the Church

This Document outlines the principles of conduct for any lay person who performs paid or volunteer work in the service of the Church (Church worker). Church Workers, along with clergy and religious, contribute to the mission of the church. This document deals with the behavioural standards expected of them in their work. This document is for organisations and bodies within the Church to which Church Workers belong. It is also for those who employ, engage, assign, supervise, train or are responsible for Church Workers.