Standard Nine

Continuous improvement

Entities regularly review and improve implementation of their systems for keeping children safe

9.1 The entity regularly reviews and improves child safeguarding practices.

9.1.1 The entity has a clearly documented Safeguarding Implementation Plan which outlines the monitoring and continual improvement of child safeguarding practices. The Safeguarding Implementation Plan is regularly reviewed, progress is tracked and actions/strategies updated.

9.1.2 The Church Authority monitors compliance with the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards during systematic visits to parishes, ministries and/or congregational works.

9.1.3 The Safeguarding Committee [refer to Indicator 1.2.2] co-ordinates annual self-audits at a local level (parishes, ministries and/or congregational works).

9.1.4 The entity’s Child Safeguarding Policy is subject to regular review – at least every three years.

9.2 The entity analyses concerns and complaints to identify causes and systemic failures to inform continuous improvement.

9.2.1 Processes are in place to analyse individual incidents or complaints relating to child safeguarding practices and/or failures.

9.2.2 Processes are in place to identify and analyse systemic issues and/or patterns relating to child safeguarding practices and/or failures, and drive continuous improvement.

9.3 The Church Authority reports on the findings of relevant reviews to personnel, children, families, carers and community.

9.3.1 The Church Authority promotes to all its stakeholders any Audit Reports relating to the Church Authority, and related entities, published by Catholic Professional Standards Ltd.

9.3.2 The Church Authority reports on findings of relevant reviews of safeguarding policies, procedures and practices to its stakeholders.

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