Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Framework
As the Sisters of Saint 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 Saint 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 Saint 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