Engaging young people in the life and mission of the Catholic Church is a fulfilling ministry. With this important work comes a serious responsibility to care for the wellbeing of all young people who come into contact with our parishes and communities. The Archdiocesan Office for Youth, in consultation with the Office of Professional Conduct & Ethics, has recently developed a new resource “Seriously important things you need to know; A guide for safe youth ministry in the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne”.
This guide helps you as a volunteer or paid youth ministry leader in the Archdiocese of Melbourne keep the young people in your ministry safe from physical, emotional and personal harm in every way you and your team engage with them. This guide has been developed for the parish context, but contains many best practice suggestions which can be applied to any youth ministry setting. In this document, young people refers to people aged under 18 years. This guide is based on Victorian State Legislation around child safety as well as the requirements set by ‘May our Children Flourish’ which is the Archdiocese’s code of conduct for caring for children. The requirements of the Archdiocese meet, and sometimes exceed, the requirements set by legislation: we’ve presented them here in a way that’s practical for you to apply to your youth ministry.
Safeguarding Children and young people: Policy framework Information Sessions
The Professional Standards Unit is pleased to announce the launch of the updated Safeguarding Children and Young People Framework for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. The revised framework replaces the CAM Child Safety Policy and the May Our Children Flourish – Code of Conduct for Caring for Children.
A number of information sessions have been booked for the coming months to introduce the updated framework to those who are involved in the implementation of child safety policies and procedures in their parish, agency or entity (e.g. Community). It is important to note that these information sessions are not child safety training sessions.
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Safe Environment Training
The Archdiocesan Office for Youth offers periodic training in safe youth ministry to supplement the training offered through your parish. All commencing youth ministers are encouraged to participate in this training.
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Safe Environment Downloadable Forms
More information about responding to mental health issues in a youth ministry setting can be found in the 'Young people and mental health' resource, downloadable here.
More information about child safety, policies, and resources from the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne can be found here: http://www.cam.org.au/Professional-Standards/Statements.