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Obligations for Diocesan workers and helpers

The Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse’s Child Safe Standard 7 states:

Staff are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children safe through continual education and training

    1. Relevant staff and volunteers receive training on the nature and indicators of child maltreatment, particularly institutional child sexual abuse.
    2. Staff and volunteers receive training on the institution’s child safe practices and child protection.
    3. Relevant staff and volunteers are supported to develop practical skills in protecting children and responding to disclosures.

The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is implementing a comprehensive safeguarding training regime.

  • As a part of their’ induction, diocesan employees are introduced to the Diocese’s safeguarding framework, including the central role of the Office of Safeguarding.
  • Diocesan employees participate in annual safeguarding refresher presentations, as part of their local work groups.
  • Unpaid helpers (including volunteers) receive safeguarding training as part of their induction to the Diocese.
  • Staff in child-related work are required to attend a specialist safeguarding training course after starting employment with the Diocese.
  • Advanced safeguarding training is mandatory for staff in diocesan schools, early education centres and welfare services as part of a cycle to updating and reinforcing the Diocese’s safeguarding practices.
  • Diocesan clergy participate in safeguarding training as well as receiving advanced and specialist safeguarding training with the Director of Safeguarding.
  • Targeted safeguarding training for work groups or workplaces identified as having or potentially having a deficit in safeguarding knowledge, practices or culture.
 
For information about safeguarding training packages, contact the Office of Safeguarding:
P.   02 4979 1390
E.  oosgtraining@mn.catholic.org.au 

Information modules

Informational modules are relatively brief training opportunities developed by the Office of Safeguarding (OoSG) that may be delivered by local leaders.  Modules are largely passive presentations of information, in written form presented through PowerPoint and audio-visual material.

The drop-down menu below summaries the standardised safeguarding training modules designed to provide baseline knowledge for all diocesan workers (whether in child-related work or not).  Diocesan employees are not required to arrange their participation in safeguarding modules, participation will be arranged by management.

Prerequisite:      Nil

Target groups:   All Paid workers, irrespective of whether they are in child-related work or not

Frequency:         Once — as part of commencing employment with the Diocese

Exemptions:       Nil

Duration:            40-minutes approximately

Description:       A global introductory informational package describing diocesan safeguarding structures, including the Diocese’s Commitment Statement to Safeguarding. The module will briefly introduce:

  • diocesan safeguarding policy and procedures (including e-safety)
  • diocesan code of conduct
  • reporting obligations
  • safeguarding risk management
  • complaints handling policy and procedures

This package is largely an audio-visual module with written information presented through PowerPoint.  This module can be presented by local leadership as part of an agency specific induction process or as part of the corporate induction process run through Human Resources.

Prerequisite:      Nil

Target groups:   Unpaid helpers other than those in parishes

Frequency:         Once — within the first six months of commencing as an unpaid helper

Exemptions:       Available for recognised prior learning — apply to Office of Safeguarding

Duration:            90 minutes approximately

Description:        A more detailed induction module to introduce unpaid helpers to the indicators of abuse and neglect and ensure that they are aware of their reporting obligations and the supports available to them.  The module will briefly address:

  • diocesan safeguarding policy and procedures (including e-safety)
  • diocesan code of conduct
  • reporting obligations
  • safeguarding risk management
  • complaints handling policy and procedures
  • indicators of abuse and neglect and how to support a child to disclose to a staff member
  • contributing to child-safe cultures

This package will be presented by a member of the local school, early education centre or social service programme who has been familiarised with the content.  This module involves audio-visual material with written information presented through PowerPoint.

Prerequisite:      Nil

Target groups:All employees, (i.e. those in child-related work and those who are not) and unpaid helpers

Frequency:         Annually

Exemptions:       Nil

Duration:            40-minute audio-visual module presented by local leadership

Description:       A brief annual refresher module to be presented at staff meetings, as part of an in-service or pupil free professional development day.  The module will briefly review:

  • diocesan Safeguarding policy and procedures (including e-safety)
  • diocesan code of conduct
  • reporting obligations
  • safeguarding risk management
  • complaints handling policy and procedures

This package will be presented by local leadership or other member of the school, early education centre or social service programme familiar with the content.  Module 3 involves audio-visual material with written information presented through PowerPoint.

Training courses

Safeguarding courses are more in-depth training packages, developed by the OoSG and presented by OoSG staff.  The training courses are interactive, including audio-visual material with written information presented through PowerPoint, printed material handed out on the day and analysis and discussion of practice scenarios reinforcing key learning.

The drop down menu below summaries the safeguarding training packages designed to provide targeted, specialised knowledge and support for workers in child-related work.

The diocesan workers who are required to attend the safeguarding training courses must arrange their own enrolment.  The course details, set out in the drop down menus, specifies which groups of workers attend which courses.

Diocesan workers are able to secure places in safeguarding training courses through:

Rebecca Mahony

Learning & Development Officer, Human Resources

P:   4979 1322 Monday to Thursday, during normal office hours

E:    rebecca.mahony@mn.catholic.edu.au

Prerequisite:     Module 1: Induction for new employees

Target groups:  Paid workers other than those who work in parishes

Frequency:         Once — within the first six months of appointment  (reasonable provision available)

Exemptions:       Available for recognised prior learning — apply to Office of Safeguarding

Duration:            Full day course (about six hours)

Description:       A primary training package designed to highlight the global concepts and state legislation relating to child protection as well as introducing “new” workers to their obligations under the Diocese’s safeguarding processes.  The training course will address in detail:

  • the Diocese’s safeguarding infrastructure including Office of Safeguarding, related policies, procedures and material covered in the safeguarding induction module
  • indicators of abuse and neglect
  • responding to disclosures
  • reporting obligations
  • information sharing and records keeping
  • contributing to child-safe cultures

This course will be presented by one or more members of the Office of Safeguarding.  The package includes audio-visual material with written information presented through PowerPoint, printed material handed out on the day and analysis and discussion of practice scenarios reinforcing key learning. 

This course includes a detailed and frank discussion on the experience of being a survivor of abuse and being the parent of a child who was abused.

2020 Training Calendar

All training sessions will be held from 8.45 am to 3.30 pm.

Wednesday 4 March                   Charlestown Bowling Club

Wednesday 20 May                     Singleton Diggers

Wednesday 10 June                     Wingham Golf Club

Wednesday 12 August                Charlestown Bowling Club

Wednesday 28 October              Singleton Diggers

Wednesday 18 November          Charlestown Bowling Club

Venue addresses:

Charlestown Bowling Club
5 Lincoln Street
Charlestown  NSW 2290

Singleton Diggers
York Street
Singleton  NSW  2330

Wingham Golf Club
30 Country Club Drive
Wingham  NSW  2429

Prerequisite:        Module 1: Induction for new employees [employees only]

Target groups:    All parish workers (employees and unpaid helpers)

Diocesan clergy appointed to a parish are expected to participate alongside their paid and voluntary parish workers when the ‘whole of parish’ undertakes the collective training.

Frequency:           For newly started workers – within the first six months of commencing duties
                              For ‘whole of parish’ refresher training undertaken collectively, every six years

Exemptions:        For newly started workers – recognised prior learning available – apply to Office of Safeguarding
                              For ‘whole of parish’ refresher training – Nil

Duration:              3.5 hours (half a day)

Description:         A particular training package designed to support paid and unpaid helpers undertaking a broad range of ministries in church facilities and out in the community.  The training targets the particular safeguarding needs of faith communities.  The training course will address:

  • the Diocese’s safeguarding infrastructure including Office of Safeguarding, related policies, procedures and material covered in the safeguarding induction module
  • indicators of abuse and neglect
  • responding to disclosures
  • reporting obligations
  • information sharing and records keeping
  • contributing to child-safe cultures

This course will be presented by one or more Pastoral Ministries Workers who have undertaken preparatory training with the Office of Safeguarding.  The package includes audio-visual material with written information presented through PowerPoint, printed material handed out on the day and analysis and discussion of practice scenarios reinforcing key learning.

Prerequisite:      Course 1: Introduction to Safeguarding for employees in child-related work.  ‘Reasonable provision’ exception available for paid workers who have recently joined the Diocese.

Target groups:    Paid child-related workers in diocesan systemic schools, Catholic Schools Office and St Nicholas Early Education Centres and OOSH programs

Frequency:           Every six years

Exemptions:        Nil

Duration:             Full day course (about six hours)

Description:        A secondary or enhanced training package designed for workers who are familiar with working for the Diocese in an educational setting (inclusive of early, primary and secondary) and an understanding of their safeguarding obligations as diocesan workers.

Staff attend the training in their ‘work groups’, i.e. a school’s entire staff or all the personnel of a St Nicholas Early Education Centre attend.  This facilitates the training course’s focus on exploring the local safeguarding culture and practice standards.

This course will be presented by one or more members of the Office of Safeguarding.  The package includes audio-visual material with written information presented through PowerPoint and printed material handed out on the day.

There is a heavy emphasis on in-depth analysis and discussion of practice scenarios calibrated to suit.  The scenarios used will deal with situations in the relevant context for the trainees, e.g. early education centres, primary and secondary schools.

Prerequisite:     Course 1: Introduction to Safeguarding for employees in child-related work.   ‘Reasonable provision’ exception available for paid workers who have recently joined the Diocese.

Target groups:  Paid child-related workers in CatholicCare Social Services, DARA and other community or welfare related programs within the Diocese

Frequency:          Every six years

Exemptions:        Nil

Duration:             Full day course (about six hours)

Description:       Secondary or enhanced training, designed for workers who have a degree of familiarity working for the Diocese in the area of social services and an understanding of their safeguarding obligations as diocesan workers.

Staff attend the training in their ‘work groups’, i.e. all the staff from a CatholicCare programme and/or office attend as a single training group.  This facilitates the training course’s focus on exploring the local safeguarding culture and practice standards.

This course will be presented by one or more members of the Office of Safeguarding.  The package includes audio-visual material with written information presented through PowerPoint and printed material handed out on the day.

There is a heavy emphasis on in-depth analysis and discussion of practice scenarios calibrated to suit the social services and community welfare context.

2020 Training Calendar

Training sessions will be held from 8.45 am to 3.30 pm.

Wednesday 26 February                   CatholicCare Office

Venue addresses:

CatholicCare Office
Training Room 3
50 Crebert Street
Mayfield  NSW  2304