Our Parish Safeguarding Support Officers (PSSO)
Claire Cohen, Truc Nguyen & Matthew Nguyen
What is a PSSO ?
A PSSO supports and assists the Parish Priest in fulfilling his role and responsibilities set out in the Archdiocese's safeguarding and child protection policies and protocols. Claire and Matthew have taken on the role as volunteers and will assist with making our parish compliant and working with our volunteers and parishioners to provide a greater understanding of safeguarding and what that means for all in our parish community.
What is Safeguarding and its role ?
The role of the Safeguarding is to raise awareness regarding our collective responsibility to protect the safety, well-being and dignity of children, young people and vulnerable adults within the Archdiocese of Sydney. The Safeguarding & Ministerial Integrity Office works with PSSO so parishes of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney (CAS) become aware & compliant with NSW legislation. The Child Protection Legislation Amendment Act 2014, which was passed in NSW Parliament on 26 March 2014, changes the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998. This changes are in effect and parishes need to comply.
The Safeguarding Office require volunteers to do the following Online Training "Safeguarding Induction Training for parish volunteers".
To complete the Online Induction Training you will need to register by following this link.
Policy on the care, well-being and protection of children and young persons
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 of Sydney is 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 children. The Archdiocese has developed a variety of protocols and procedures that work together to protect children from harm and respond swiftly and appropriately in the rare but regrettable circumstances in which children are harmed or at risk of being harmed. Protocols and procedures embody the inherent values of the Catholic Church, providing education and training to persons who engage with children within the Archdiocese and also representing and sharing our teachings and philosophy with the broader community.
This policy contains a broad overview of the Archdiocese’s child protection expectations and practices, and it should be read in conjunction with the Archdiocese’s comprehensive suite of protocols and procedures, which are referenced throughout. This policy has been developed with the best interests of the child as the paramount consideration. A child is any person under the age of 16 years and a young person means a person who is aged 16 years or above but is under the age of 18 years.
Linguistic Translations: The Safeguarding Office has arranged for the Policy on the care, well-being and protection of children and young people to be translated into Italian, Arabic, Filipino and Vietnamese. If you require these translated documents please contact Claire firstname.lastname@example.org or the parish office or click the link below.