There is an expectation that those who volunteer within their parish or faith community alongside children, youth and vulnerable adults complete the Safeguarding processes of Safeguarding training, Police vetting and read, understand and sign the Code of Conduct. With Core Safeguarding practices to support safe ministry.
Find further information here regarding Safeguarding training
Our Diocese’s aim is to have all Priests and volunteers working with children, youth and vulnerable adults police vetted. Volunteers in the following positions will be required to be police vetted, undergo Level 2 volunteer training and reference checked before being able to undertake this role:
- Altar Server Trainers
- Catechists – Sacramental Programme Coordinator/Leader
- Children’s Liturgy of the Word
- Choir Leaders – where children are included in the general choir and for children’s choir
- Crèche helpers
- Ministers of Communion to the Sick
- Pastoral Visitor
- Parent Helpers / Chaperons on camps
- Prison ministry teams and visitors
- Sunday School Teachers
- Youth Ministry Leaders
This list is not exclusive and any volunteers working in a position where a duty of care is being exercised needs to be Police Vetted.
We will be assisting Parishes with the implementation of the National Safeguarding Framework and will keep you updated on upcoming information and training sessions.
Police Vetting information sheet : Information Sheet
The Police Vetting & Consent Form can be downloaded here : Police Vetting
For further information or assistance about our safeguarding within the Diocese, please contact:
Safeguarding Coordinator, Lisa-May Gray
Phone: 09 360 3019 or email: [email protected]
Code of Conduct
The Safeguarding Framework also includes a Code of Conduct for Employees & Volunteers. This document replaces the current “Standards for Volunteers & Employees in Ministry” and will be signed by all employees and volunteers when they start their role. The Code of Conduct can be viewed and downloaded below:
Core Safeguarding Practices
Core Safeguarding Practices have been created for Communities to follow throughout all usual activities, special events and programmes.