What is Safeguarding
Safeguarding is a term used to describe the protection of the welfare and human rights of people who are, in some way, connected with our work, particularly people who may be at risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation.
Safeguarding is part of the Diocese of Parramatta’s duty of care.
Supporting the Safety of Our Community
The Diocese of Parramatta is committed to zero tolerance of abuse and through ongoing education of all Diocesan staff and volunteers is constantly focused on creating safe communities throughout all Parishes that care for children and adults at risk.
We acknowledge and recognise the victims and survivors of abuse and offer our unreserved and deepest apologies for the hurt and suffering this abuse has caused.
Celebrating and encouraging our young people to enjoy life in our Church community means prioritising their protection and ensuring all are treated with respect and care.
If you have concerns or complaints related to the conduct, behaviour, or actions of a member of the clergy, a staff member, a volunteer, or anyone within the church community, you can reach out to the Diocese of Parramatta’s Office for Safeguarding.
Our Safeguarding Support Centre contains resources to help you protect the safety and wellbeing of the most vulnerable in our community. Access guidelines, policies, forms and flyers to help make your church community a safe place for all in your care.
All staff and volunteers of the Diocese of Parramatta (including Parishes, Chaplaincies, Deanery and Diocesan ministries and councils) who work with children and adults at risk are required to complete Mandatory Safeguarding Training
The Parramatta Way
The Parramatta Way
Statement of Commitment to Safeguarding
The Diocese of Parramatta is committed to being a community of safeguarding that actively promotes the dignity and rights of children and of all persons, particularly those who may be vulnerable.
We have zero tolerance to abuse of any form. We are committed to ensuring that all children and vulnerable adults under our care are safe, protected and enabled to flourish.
The Diocese of Parramatta offers its unreserved and deepest apologies to survivors of abuse and their families for the hurt and suffering this abuse has caused throughout their lives. We are absolutely committed to ensuring that no child entrusted to our care is ever harmed again.
The Office for Safeguarding
After listening carefully to individuals who had faced abuse and challenges within the Catholic Church in our Diocese, we recognised the necessity for a proactive and supportive approach. This prompted us to create a renewed service model in 2012, which led to the establishment of the Office for Safeguarding in July 2014.
In 2015, we introduced a Prevention, Healing and Support Service dedicated to assisting survivors of abuse. Since then, we’ve grown and adapted to address the growing awareness of safeguarding and the evolving needs of our community. Our progress has been guided by the insights of those who have experienced challenges within the church, professionals in relevant fields, and through close collaboration with various agencies within the Diocese.
Homily for Safeguarding Sunday 2023 – Deacon Michael Tan
Our response to the psalm this Sunday is “if today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” In other words, this is a plea to remember that we are called to have hearts of flesh, and not hearts of stone. A heart of flesh is fragile, vulnerable to being hurt and betrayed, and yet is also capable of being alive, and of loving God and loving one another as God loves us – this is the meaning of living life to the full, for in Jesus we live and move and have our being. This is also the meaning of Divine Mercy and the devotion to the Sacred Heart.
National Child Protection Week 2023: “Where we start matters”
2023 National Child Protection Week takes a step further by introducing the theme ‘Where we start matters’. In sync with the overarching message, this theme underscores the undeniable impact of a child’s early surroundings, resources, and opportunities on their lifelong journey. Whether it’s the neighbourhood they grow up in, the support services available to their families, or the policies designed to protect their rights, every facet influences the trajectory of their lives.