Safeguarding & Child Protection

What is Safeguarding?

The emotional, physical and spiritual safety, well-being and dignity of children is an integral part of the teachings and values of the Catholic Church.

Ryde-Gladesville Catholic Parish, alongside the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, is committed to ensuring the safety, well-being and dignity of all children, young people and vulnerable adults. We acknowledge our important legal, moral and spiritual responsibility to create a safe and nurturing environment for these members of our community.

Safeguarding at Ryde-Gladesville

At Ryde Gladesville, we have a number of measures in place provided by the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney's Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office to protect the children, young adults and vulnerable people in our community.


  • All our staff and clergy undergo regular Safeguarding and Child Protection courses, and complete Safeguarding documentation such as a Working With Children Check.

  • We have two Parish Safeguarding Support Officers who work with the Safeguarding Office and assist our Parish Priest to implement safeguarding policies and protocols as well as providing training to parish volunteers who work with children

  • All our volunteers and Ministers complete a Volunteer Registration form as a manner of record keeping. All those who volunteer with children in their role complete the full Safeguarding training and documentation

  • Children, young people and vulnerable adults are provided with resources and information about their safety, and what to do if they need help

National Child Protection Week

This week (6th -12th September) is National Child Protection Week 2021. In honour of this, the Safeguarding Office for the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney has launched new resources for children and young people.

You can access the new 'Feeling Safe Activity Book' for children and the 'Wellbeing Guide for Young People' here. These resources have a number of activities for children and young people, created by children and young people.

Feeling-Safe-Activity-Book.pdf

Feeling Safe Activity Book for Children

A-Guide-for-Young-People-to-Better-Understand-Wellbeing (1).pdf

Wellbeing Guide for Young People

A Message from the Archbishop

A Guide for Supporting Young People

Children & Young People's Participation.pdf

Resources

Poster-Online-Safety-Journeyv4.0.pdf
uncrcchilldfriendlylanguage.pdf
Fact-sheet-Information-for-young-people-about-online-safety.pdf
Behaviour-Code-for-Young-People.pdf

What to do if you need help

If you feel scared, curious, embarrassed, sad or worried, tell an adult that you trust. This can be a parent, a teacher, an aunty or an older brother or sister, so that they can help you.

You might find it useful to write a list of your three trusted adults, so you know who to ask for help when you feel this way.

Someone will listen to you.

There are also many children and young-person friendly support services which can help you below. With the help of a trusted adult, you can click the images below to visit their website, or call the phone number provided.

Child-Friendly Support Services

Headspace

Information, support & services to young people aged 12-25

Call 1800 650 890

Kids Helpline

24/7 phone and online counselling services for young people aged 5-25

Call 1800 551 800

Beyond Blue

Phone support with trained mental health professional, online interactive programs and online forums

Call 1300 224 636

CatholicCare Sydney

Support and counselling services to people of any background or denomination

Call 13 18 19

Lifeline

24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention

Call 13 11 14

Child Wise

Trauma-informed phone & online counselling for childhood abuse

Call 1800 991 099

Bravehearts

Specialist case management and phone counselling for child and adult survivors, non-offending family members and friends engaging with the Royal Commission

Call 1800 272 831

Interrelate

Counselling and support for those affected by institutional child sexual abuse and the work of the Royal Commission

Call 1300 134 924

Victims Access Line

Confidential support & information to victims of all crimes, including sexual and physical assault and domestic violence

Call 1800 633 063

More information

For more information and resources, head to the Sydney Archdiocese's Safeguarding & Child Protection page. There you can find a number of resources and activities, as well as more information on what the Safeguarding and Ministerial Integrity Office does.

Our Parish Safeguarding Support Officers

Judy Raumer

Judy is the Executive Assistant to Fr Greg Morgan and Office Manager at Ryde-Gladesville.

ea@rgcp.org.au

Olivia Eberhaut

Olivia is the Youth Minister at Ryde-Gladesville, and works with children and young people.

youth@rgcp.org.au