Protecting Children in the Catholic Church

The Perth Catholic Archdiocese is committed to the safety and security of all children and young people.

Job responsibilities of a Safeguarding officer:

Be the link person between the Safeguarding Office and the parish for all safeguarding matters;

Work in partnership with the Parish Priest to ensure that the Archdiocesan safeguarding policies and procedures are adopted, implemented and reviewed in all parish activities which involve children, young people and vulnerable adults;

In consultation with the parish priest and/or parish administration, maintain a current and up to date WWCC data base/register for the parish;

Ensure all persons paid or unpaid in the parish who work with children have a current Working with Children’s Card (WWCC) or a National Police Clearance Certificate;

Ensure all persons paid or unpaid in the parish who work with children have signed a safeguarding declaration and have read and signed the safeguarding policy and procedures document;

Listen to concerns or allegations regarding children, young people and vulnerable adults in the parish and make sure proper advice is sought and proper referrals and/or reports are made in line with the Safeguarding Handbook;

Inform the Director Safeguarding Program of all concerns and allegations, including allegations made against the Parish Priest; JD Parish Safeguarding Officer; 

Ensure that any known offenders in the parish are brought to the attention of the Parish Priest and the Director Safeguarding Program.

For further information, refer to the below links:

Enzo Vettorel and Marcia Nobrega
Safeguarding Officers

CHILD PROTECTION SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER - VIDEO - features an important message from the Archbishop of Perth, Rev Timothy Costelleo

 Information during the COVID-19 pandemic:

How to stay connected safely online
Safeguarding information for parents during the pandemic
Social Media Memo
Archdiocese of Perth - Social Media Framework