Safeguarding and Child Protection Compliance
Here at Ryde-Gladesville, we are committed to keeping children and vulnerable people in our parish, school and local communities safe.
That's why it is a requirement for all our volunteers to complete the Archdiocese's Safeguarding & Child Protection Compliance.
The following requirements are consistent across all Parishes and are mandated by the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.
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) are required to complete all Parish Compliance.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
SALT TRAINING REFRESHER COURSE
If you completed your Salt Training Induction Course in 2019 or 2020 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
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.
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, or do so more than 5 times per year: 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, or do so less than 5 times per year: 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.