Safety of Children, Young People & Vulnerable Adults


At St Mary’s Parish we hold the care, safety and wellbeing of all as a fundamental responsibility. All people have the right to feel safe and protected from all forms of abuse and neglect. The care, safety, wellbeing and dignity of all are integral parts of the teachings and values of the Catholic Church. In particular, St Mary’s has an unequivocal commitment to fostering the dignity, self-esteem and integrity of children, young people and vulnerable adults, providing them with a safe, supportive and enriching environment to develop spiritually, physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.
Our St Mary’s Parish Child Safety Policy, Child Code of Conduct and associated policies and procedures have a specific focus on safeguarding children and young people, against sexual, physical, psychological and emotional abuse or neglect within our parish environs, in parish related online communication and other parish related locations.
Listed below are the resources supporting child safety at St Mary’s Parish.
If you have concerns that a child or young person may be in an abusive situation or at risk of abuse, or if you wish to discuss a situation of abuse that may have occurred in the past, please contact Fr Steven Rigo, our Parish Priest, on 9435 1543 or, or email – or contact our parish office on 9435 1543.  If a child or young person is in imminent danger, call Police on 000 immediately.

From St Mary's

Communication to Parishioners

Safeguarding our Children – our obligation

Administrative Details

Role Descriptions

From the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

From the Victorian Government

Other Resources

Application forms for Volunteers

If you need assistance with completing an application for a Working With Children Check volunteer form or a Victorian Police Check, please contact the Parish Office on 9435 1543.

Online Training Modules

Co-facilitated by the Professional Standards Unit and Catholic Church Insurance, the Safeguarding Risk Management Fundamentals e-Learning video modules are designed to increase your awareness of safeguarding risks within your parish and develop your understanding of how to conduct a risk assessment.
The content is presented over three 20 minute modules, providing a step-by-step demonstration of the risk management process to identify, analyse and address possible risks to provide safe physical and online environments for children and young people.
These modules are recommended for Safeguarding Committee members and any person responsible for overseeing, coordinating and delivering programs within a parish.
If you have completed the above modules, please notify the Parish Office so that we can keep a list of people who have completed them.

Induction Module

Dear Group and Committee leaders,

You will note that on the Volunteers Requirement Check List, there is provision for you to indicate that each of your members has completed an induction module. This module is now finally available. Please ask each member of your Group or Committee to complete the induction module. A certificate is provided once completed. Would you please ask each member to show you their certificate so that you can note their completion of the induction, on the Volunteers Requirement Check List.

Induction Module link (inlcuding cover letter with explanation)

If you have already submitted the Check List for your group or committee, just keep a note of who has completed the module so that when the Check List is updated next year, you can include that information at that stage.