National Catholic Safeguarding Standards
The National Catholic Safeguarding Standards provide a framework for Catholic Church entities to build child-safe cultures.
The National Catholic Safeguarding Standards (NCSS) create a framework for Catholic entities to promote the safety of children and adults at risk. They outline the policies and activities that will prevent, respond to, and support reporting of concerns regarding child abuse. The Standards work together to ensure that every entity, ministry and organisation across the Catholic Church places the safety of children and adults at risk at the core of how they plan, think and act.
The 10 National Catholic Safeguarding Standards are taken directly from the final report Volume 6 of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. They incorporate the Royal Commission’s recommendations and also the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations, contextualising these requirements for the Catholic Church in Australia. The Standards have been adopted by all Church Authorities, religious institutes, Catholic entities, ministries and organisations across Australia.
The first phase in developing the Standards focused on safeguarding practices to protect children. The second phase incorporates care and protection of adults, with a focus on adults at risk, in keeping with the recommendations of the Royal Commission. The second edition of the NCSS refine the indicators and criteria and include considerations of adults at risk. They will be introduced in 2022.