The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne is committed to supporting clergy, employees and volunteers to develop the skills and knowledge to promote the safety of children and young people and uphold their responsibilities in relation to the Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy.

Safeguarding training modules

Safeguarding Essentials: e-learning module

This module is currently in development.

All clergy, employees and volunteers working or in ministry are required to complete the Safeguarding Essentials online program (approximately 30 minutes) upon commencement and on an annual basis.

This training is designed to provide foundational knowledge to:

  • understand our duty of care in relation to safeguarding children, young people and adults across the Archdiocese
  • identify behaviour that constitutes child abuse or neglect including grooming
  • understand the indicators of abuse
  • respond to and report allegations or concerns regarding abuse.

Please note: The completion of online training may pose challenges for volunteers without access to a computer and those who do not feel confident using technology. It may helpful to host an assisted session and work with volunteers to complete the online training as a group.

Working Safely with Children and Young People

This module is currently in development.

This module will be an additional requirement for those working with or in specific ministry with children and young people upon commencement and every three years.

Safeguarding Children and Young People: Induction Session for Clergy and Employees

This compulsory induction session is specifically designed for persons (i.e. clergy and employees) who are newly appointed to the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne to:

  • develop their awareness of and understanding of the different categories of abuse
  • equip them to respond and report child abuse and child-safety related misconduct
  • develop their knowledge of relevant child safety legislation in Victoria
  • learn about the Safeguarding Children and Young People Framework and their responsibilities within parishes, agencies and entities.

Safeguarding Training e-Learning Video Series

The Professional Standards Unit has developed for a range of e-learning videos for those involved in the implementation of child safe policies and procedures within a Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne parish, agency or entity. These e-learning videos are intended to provide convenient and easily accessible training.

Safeguarding e-Learning videos

About this video + accompanying resources

This e-Learning video is designed for those who are involved in the implementation of child safety policies and procedures within a Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne parish, agency or entity. As each parish, agency or entity is required to form a Safeguarding Committee, we discuss the role of this committee, suitability of candidates for the role and how this committee might operate.

In this video, we explore responsibilities and legislative requirements in relation to the implementation and compliance with the Safeguarding Framework Children and Young People Framework informed by the Victorian Child Safe Standards, National Principles of Child Safe Organisations and the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards. Throughout the video, practical examples of a parish working through the Safeguarding Framework are shown and discussed, with this culminating in an overview of the self-assessment tool designed to guide parishes, agencies and entity through the requirements of the Framework.

Available resources relevant to this e-Learning video:

About this video + accompanying resources

Duration: 60 minutes

The Empowering Children and Young People e-learning video explores the important role that children’s empowerment can play as a protective factor within organisational contexts. This is an important element of the Safeguarding Framework as identified by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and is often an area that many individuals and organisations struggle to comprehend and implement.

This e-Learning video is designed for those who work with children and young people in a parish, agency or entity context including:

  • Parish priest
  • Safeguarding Committee members
  • Pastoral associate
  • Sacramental Preparation Leaders
  • Youth Group Leaders
  • Children’s Liturgy Leaders
  • Children’s Choir Leaders

In this video, we explore children’s rights and responsibilities as well as the legislative requirements in relation to children’s participation in organisations. Throughout the video, we demonstrate what child participation and engagement looks like in a parish context by using practical examples, hearing from children themselves, highlighting parish case studies, conducting a gap analysis of a parish group working directly with children as well as exploring the parish self-assessment tool.

Available resources relevant to this e-Learning video: