Safeguarding Documents

What is safeguarding?

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and vulnerable people and protect them from harm.

Safeguarding means:

  • Protecting children and vulnerable people from abuse and maltreatment
  • Preventing harm to children’s and vulnerable persons’ health or development
  • Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children, young people and vulnerable people to have the best outcomes.

Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all students in the Archdiocese and all young people up to the age of 18 seeking Archdiocesan services. There may be occasions where people older than 18 are responded to under a safeguarding policy. Vulnerable people are also responded to under these policies.

The Archdiocese has a statutory duty to protect children and vulnerable people in their care.

These safeguarding documents (advice, protocols, fact sheets) were open for community consultation during November 2018. They can be found under the Safeguarding Documents section of this site. Formal comments will again be sought during November 2019, however should you wish to provide any feedback prior to this time, please email the Institute for Professional Standards and Safeguarding at