safeguarding children Safeguarding Children - Child Protection

Commitment Statement

The emotional, physical and spiritual safety, well-being and dignity of children is an integral part of the teachings and values of the Catholic Church. The Archdiocese and the Parish of Our Lady of Mt Carmel Mt Pritchard (OLMC) are wholly committed to ensuring the safety, well-being and dignity of all children, and acknowledges its important legal, moral and spiritual responsibility to create a safe and nurturing environment for those children.

The community has very clear expectations in matters relating to child protection and expects children will be protected from all forms of harm including sexual, physical and psychological harm, ill treatment and neglect.

The Archdiocese and OLMC support these expectations and strive to promote the safety and protection of children and other vulnerable persons in their care.

Key Principles

· The victims of sexual abuse are our first priority

· Preventing abuse and protecting people

· Sexual abuse is a crime which must be reported to police

· No protection of abusers and no cover-ups.

Reporting Abuse

Child abuse is a criminal offence and the police are the appropriate authority to handle criminal investigations.

Sexual abuse has no place in the Church. The law requires serious crimes to be reported to the police and the policy of the Archdiocese is to report all allegations of sexual abuse to the police.

Police: If you have a complaint you can contact the NSW Police Child Protection and Sex Crimes Squad through your local police station or Crime Stoppers NSW on 1800 333 000

For all urgent matters regarding a child at imminent risk of significant harm please phone the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 or 000.

More information can be found at www.police.nsw.gov.au or www.pcycnsw.org or http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/community _issues/c

The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney has a Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office. Their email ddress is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.