Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults

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Safeguarding Commitment Statement

The Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) hold the care, safety and well-being of children and vulnerable adults as a central and fundamental responsibility of our organisation. Children and vulnerable adults have a right to be safe and we commit to ensure and protect these rights in all aspects of OMI community and programs. We commit to having ministries that consciously create conditions that reduce the likelihood of identifying and reporting harm and respond appropriately to disclosures and allegations. We commit to providing the necessary resources to ensure compliance with all relevant child protection laws and regulations, and to maintaining a child safe culture.

OMI have a zero tolerance of child abuse and regards its child protection responsibilities with the upmost importance!

In furthering our commitment to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults the OMI acknowledges that all members throughout our network of schools and ministries must take individual responsibility for the safety of children and vulnerable adults in our care. These obligations are clearly articulated in the OMI Code of conduct.

Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL) was formed in response to the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Catholic Professional Standards Ltd is committed to fostering a culture of safety and care for children and vulnerable adults by developing the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards.

 

Call the National Redress Scheme on 1800 737 377

Mon to Fri 8am-5pm local time.

HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT A CHILD’S SAFETY?

If you have concerns relating to the safety and well-being of a child or young person in an Oblate school or entity,

  1. Contact the police or the relevant Child Safety organisation in your state.

  2. For urgent matters where a child is at risk of harm, contact the Police emergency number - 000 (all states).

  3. Contact the office of the Professional Standards Resource Group in your State or Territory.

    New South Wales/ACT - 1300 369 977

    Northern Territory - 0418 736 890

    Queensland - 1800 337 928

    South Australia - 1800 139 202

    Tasmania - 1800 356 613

    Victoria - 1800 816 030

    Western Australia - 1800 022 390

please note when children are involved, many states have mandatory reporting provisions to the police or relevant state authority.

for further advice and support contact the oblate safeguarding coordinator
Mvardanega@oblates.com.au