Australian Catholic Safeguarding Limited (ACSL) was launched in December 2020 as a new company to oversee all safeguarding, child protection and professional standards in Australia, creating a more focused and streamlined model. ACSL integrates the functions of the former entities Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL), the Australian Catholic Centre for Professional Standards (ACCPS) as well as oversight of the Australian Catholic Ministry Register (ACMR).
The National Catholic Safeguarding Standards
The National Catholic Safeguarding Standards (NCSS) are designed to be implemented by all Catholic entities, ministries and organisations across Australia.
The Standards constitute a framework which articulates the requirements for Catholic entities to promote the safety of children through the implementation of policies and activities to prevent, respond to and report concerns regarding child abuse.
They are designed to drive cultural and behavioural change and promote accountability and transparency of Catholic Church leaders and their ministries and entities.
The 10 NCSS are taken directly from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s final report, Volume 6. The Standards work together and ensure each entity, ministry and organisation across the Catholic Church place child safety at the core of how they plan, think and act.
The first phase of development of the Standards, available from this link, focused on safeguarding practices for the protection of children. An implementation guide for the standards is available from this link
Second Draft of the Standards
The second draft (May 2021) of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards, Edition Two expanded the framework for the safeguarding of children to include safeguarding requirements and practices for the protection of adults at risk. This draft of the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards Edition Two, available from this link, was released in May 2021, prior to final adoption by the Catholic Church in Australia.