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Safeguarding Children and Young People

Keeping children safe is the business of all our staff and directly links to our mission and values. We clearly state that “we believe that all people and all communities are equal in dignity and have equal rights.”

Safeguarding children and young people is a commitment and responsibility that CatholicCare NT takes seriously. The International Convention of the Rights of the Child states that “in all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.”

CatholicCare NT works directly with children, young people and their families, often at vulnerable times in their lives. Our commitment to these children who use our services is to provide a safe environment free from harm.

We are committed to:

  • maintaining safeguarding children accreditation
  • promoting the rights of children to be protected from abuse and other harms 
  • supporting staff through education and training to be able to identify and report abuse 
  • ensuring that staff understand their lawful responsibilities to report the abuse or suspected abuse of children 
  • demonstrating accountability through having clear policies and procedures that provide clear instruction and guidance to staff when working with children and families 
  • having recruitment and vetting processes that seek to identify staff who may pose a risk to children. This includes all staff regardless of their position in the organisation having working with children’s clearances, criminal history checks and undertaking independent referee checks 
  • a code of conduct that gives clear guidelines about acceptable behaviour when working with children.

Jayne Lloyd
Director

Safeguarding children and young people policy statements

Safeguarding children and young people (guidelines for parents)
Safeguarding children and young people statement (organisation)
Safeguarding children and young people statement (parent)
Safeguarding children and young people statement (young people)
Safeguarding children and young people statement (children under 12)