Safeguarding and Child Protection & Adults at Risk Compliance
Here at Ryde-Gladesville, we are committed to keeping children and adults at risk in our parish, school and local communities safe.
All volunteers must complete Steps 1 and 2 of the following compliance documentation, and provide these to the Parish Office.
All those who volunteer as Readers, Eucharist Ministers, Acolytes, Parish Collectors, Wardens, Kids Liturgy, Music (under 18's Choir), Youth Workers aged over 18 years of age are required to complete all Parish Compliance.
If you have any questions, please contact Judy, Parish Safeguarding Support Officer on 9807 2966 or email@example.com
THE 5 STEPS of SAFEGUARDING
Provide a valid Working with Children Check (WWCC). If you do not already have one this can be obtained by visiting Service NSW.
Complete the SALT training. This step will be completed by you online, and only takes 30 minutes. To register for the online training please click here. Once you complete this form, the Archdiocese will send you a link to complete two short, training modules. Once these have been successfully completed, you will be automatically emailed a SALT Completion certificate, which must then be provided to the Office. If you are unable to complete this step online, please contact the Parish Office and we can make alternative arrangements for you.
Provide this documentation along with your Birth date to the Parish Office. One we have copies of all 4 documents, your Safeguarding and Child Protection is completed. Either in person or email to Parish Safeguarding Support Office (Judy Raumer at firstname.lastname@example.org)
SALT TRAINING REFRESHER COURSE
If you completed your Salt Training Induction Course in 2019, 2020 or 2021 you are now required to complete a "Refresher Course". To complete this course please use this link to obtain the Refresher course information https://forms.gle/XuQFsRsvq3BYtXqT9 this course should take no more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
Once you have received your Salt Refresher Certificate, please email a copy to email@example.com
Parish Safeguarding Support Officer
Here you can download all the documents you'll need to complete your Parish Compliance for Ryde-Gladesville.
Please fill them out and then return them to the Parish Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting us during office hours.
Code of Conduct
Please read the full Code of Conduct and sign and date the last page. Download here.
Volunteer Registration Form
Please fill out the Volunteer Registration form with your name, street address and the volunteer roles you are or will be involved in. Make sure you sign and date this form. Download here.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to have a WWCC to volunteer?
We do reccomend that all volunteers have a Working with Children Check if volunteering with our Parish. It is free, and allows you to volunteer with other organisations as well. However the Safeguarding Office has stipulated that it is not necessary for all Parish volunteers, only those in certain roles.
If you fulfill any of the following roles at our Parish, you will need to obtain a WWCC and provide a copy of it along with your date of birth to the Parish Office.
Parish Priests, Assistant Priests, Parish Administrators
Youth Ministers, Workers or Leaders
Sacramental Group Leaders
Catechists in State Schools
Children’s Liturgy Coordinators
Children’s Choir Ministry Leaders
Acolytes and Senior Altar Servers (aged 18+)
Ministers of the Altar
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Ministers of the Word
Do I have to complete the SALT Training?
The Safeguarding Office's SALT Training is an incredibly helpful and important tool to help volunteers and staff identity inappropriate or dangerous behavior that may harm the children and vulnerable members of our community. While we do recommend all volunteers complete this training, even if only for their own knowledge, it is only compulsory for regular volunteers or those who come into contact with children reguarly.
If you come into contact with children in your role. You need to complete the SALT Training, as well as all 5 Steps of the Safeguarding documentation. Once completed, you will need to provide your SALT Completion Certificate to the Parish Office, along with the other required documents.
If you do not come into contact with children at all in your role. You do not need to complete the SALT Training.
How do I get a WWCC? How much does it cost?
A Working With Children Check (WWCC) can be obtained from the Office of the Children's Guardian and Service NSW. A volunteer WWC is free, and will not cost you anything, however if you are a paid employee with children at our Parish or elsewhere, you will require an employee's WWC, which incurs a fee of $80.
To obtain your WWCC, go to the Office of the Children’s Guardian website and fill in your details, and then take the completed form to Service NSW along with identity documents. If you or someone else has trouble with the website, you can go straight to Service NSW and apply for the check there.
You can find out more about how to obtain your WWCC here.