The Gift of our Children

Professional Standards and Safeguarding

“Truly children are a gift from the Lord, a blessing, the fruit of the womb”
Psalm 127

Children are a gift from God; a gift to be treasured, a gift to be nurtured, a gift to be kept safe. The Catholic community of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn cherishes the gift of our children.

Children have an intrinsic right to dignity of life, respect and protection from harm.

Guided by the Archbishop’s commitment to this understanding, and informed by the Royal Commission’s Child Safe Standards and the draft National Catholic Safeguarding Standards, the Archdiocese has developed a series of support documents to assist each Parish and faith community in implementing the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Policy.


The safeguarding policy and procedure documents, found under the Safeguarding Documents section of this site, are open during the month of November 2019 for consultation. In 2018, some very helpful comments were received and incorporated into the final documents. 

Your comments are sought on the; ease of use, helpfulness and relevance of the documents. If there are any additional policies and procedures you think are needed, and/or you wish to provide comments on the existing documents, please email Maria Hicks at the Institute for Professional Standards and Safeguarding at