In February this year, CatholicCare was engaged to deliver Child
Safe Environment training to Archdiocesan staff and volunteers as part of a shared commitment
to creating and maintaining a child safe environment.
To date, we have delivered Child Safe Environment training to
over 1000 people, providing them with education, awareness and
support to meet the requirements of the new Victorian Child Safe Standards and legislation.
“There was no limit to the number of people from parishes invited to attend, and over 1000 people is an important milestone in our journey of creating a Child Safe Environment where all children can flourish,” said CatholicCare
Manager, Marriage and Relationship Programs, and Child Safe Environment Educator, Denise Lacey.
L-R: Rhyannon Elliott and Denise Lacey, CatholicCare Educators for Child Safe Environment Training
“A Child Safe and Child Friendly culture is one in which
awareness is maximised and risk minimised. As champions of this culture, CatholicCare
has been pleased with the level of engagement from the parish staff, leaders, volunteers, Priests and Deacons who have attended training.”
The first stage of
the project involved a series of parish
workshops to share and gather information about the best
approaches for training and support to meet a wide range of parish needs.
The majority of parishes were represented in the initial series of 14
Child Safe Environment Mapping workshops held in February and March 2017,
to learn more about the new Victorian Standards, think about their own parish
culture, and design strategies for creating a child safe environment. They provided useful information about how CatholicCare could most effectively
design and deliver the training.
Half of parishes requested a train-the-trainer approach,
where 6-10 individuals from a parish attend an intensive session on child safety,
the Victorian standards and legislative requirements, training delivery and the
With train-the-trainer sessions complete, people are now
returning to their parishes with the competency to deliver the training to
volunteers, leaders of ministries, staff, Priests and Deacons.
The other half of parishes requested a direct training
approach, where parishes send their leaders, Priests, staff, Deacons and
volunteers to training facilitated directly by CatholicCare.
“The direct training sessions have been made available at a
wide range of locations.
They have also been made available on a range of dates to maximise opportunities for people to attend,” said Denise.
Every child has the right to feel safe and be safe. As part
of our commitment to creating and maintaining a Child Safe Environment,
CatholicCare actively works to listen to, empower and protect children. We also
work with others to make this happen.
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