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PREVENTION, EDUCATION AND TRAINING

eSafety Webinars

In partnership with the eSafety Commissioner, CEDP and the Diocesan Office for Safeguarding would like to invite all interested parishioners to join one of the following free webinars for parents and carers:

Helping Kids Thrive Online (5-12 yrs)
Thursday 20 August 2020, 12:00-1.00pm
Tech, teens and time online (secondary schools)
7 September 2020, 7.00-8.00pm

These live webinars explore the latest research and they are a great way to learn how you can help your child develop the skills to be safer online. All sessions are delivered by the eSafety Commission’s expert educators.

About the webinars

  1. Helping kids thrive online: is a one hour live webinar suitable for parents and carers of young people aged 5-12 years old.
  2. Tech, teens and time online: is a one hour live webinar suitable for parents and carers of young people aged 12-18 years old.

Both sessions will cover topics including:

  • ideas to start the chat about harmful content, contact with strangers and online bullying/harassment
  • strategies for addressing common digital parenting challenges
  • skills that young people need to protect themselves online
  • how to get help if things go wrong

What you need to do

Please register for the course on the secondary site via the following link:

If you have any further enquiries please email safeguarding@parra.catholic.edu.au

You can also get in touch with the Diocesan Office for Safeguarding at safeguarding@parracatholic.org or 8838 3419

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

Update on Safeguarding Training for 2020

COVID19 – Safeguarding Training Update

A decision has now been made to cancel all face to face training that was scheduled up until 12 October 2020 (aligning with the commencement of Term 4). We will review the situation further in the coming months and communicate further regarding training scheduled for the remainder of the year.

 

7 Hour Annual requirement will not apply for 2020

Given these circumstances, we have also made a decision to not require the 7 hours of Safeguarding training for 2020. We will still record training completed and endeavor to provide training online where possible.

 

Review of Safeguarding Training Program

We will be taking the opportunity during this time to review the Safeguarding training program and would welcome your feedback at safeguarding@parracatholic.org

 

Online Training Available

The Office for Safeguarding are working towards further online offerings to support you in your ongoing work.  Some training available through the Office of the Children’s Guardian is listed below. We will continue to develop this list of available training as well as tailored online training.

 

Child Safe Organisations (e-learning)

(includes some NESA endorsed courses)

 

New Reportable Conduct Scheme (Video)

 

Starting Out – A Panel Discussion on child safe practices in faith based organisations

Child Safe Standards Webinars – Faith-based organisations

A full list of webinar dates is available here

Upcoming Sessions are listed below – these require registration at the links provided

For further information and to register for Diocese of Parramatta training please use the registration button below.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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