Safeguarding Framework

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Framework

 

As the Sisters of St Joseph have continued to engage in the work of the Royal Commission and the Truth Justice and Healing Council, it has been an apt time for us to review our procedures and policies regarding the safe-guarding of children and vulnerable adults and to establish a consistent national framework.

Mary MacKillop was a pioneer woman whose influence has shaped the lives of thousands of
children and vulnerable people throughout this land. In particular, Australians identify with
her ability to stand up for what she believed in. Her commitment to justice calls forth in the
Sisters of St Joseph a willingness to address the injustices that we encounter along our
journey of life and to speak out when others are unfairly treated. It requires us to be people
who stand beside those who are most vulnerable in our society.

In this vein, the Sisters of St Joseph have developed a framework and associated policies and
procedures for the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. This has been created
from research of both Child Protection Standards from around the world including work
done on behalf of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
and the lessons from Mary MacKillop’s life story lived through what the Gospel required of
her.

The introduction of the safeguarding standards will enhance the way the Sisters, employees
and volunteers carry out the fundamental message of protecting children and vulnerable
people, and provide a platform from which to ensure that safeguarding is everyone’s
responsibility.
 



Monica Cavanagh rsj
Congregational Leader