CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF CHRISTCHURCH
WORKSHOPS & training
Under the Church National Safeguarding Guidelines it is a requirement that every Church volunteer and minister have a clear understanding of what is expected of them in their roles, how to keep themselves and others safe, who they report to in their voluntary role and what safeguarding provisions are involved.
The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference (NZCBC) and the Congregational Leaders Conference Aotearoa New Zealand (CLCANZ) are committed to ensuring that policies are actively followed in all Catholic entities and organisations so that a safe and nurturing environment exists for everyone. We have a duty to protect from harm those who are especially vulnerable, to respond compassionately to those who have suffered harm within the Church, and to ensure that our practices prevent harm occurring.
A key part of achieving this is the facilitation of ongoing Safeguarding Training for all those involved in Church life (Clergy, staff and volunteers).
There are two tiers of training:
WORKSHOPS & TraininG
This online course is specifically for all those involved in ministry in the Catholic Church, whether paid or a voluntary role. The course was written by the National Office for Professional Standards. Te Kupenga - Catholic Theological College teaches this online course in partnership with the National Office for Professional Standards.
For more information or to enrol please visit Safeguarding in the Catholic Church in Aotearoa NZ - Te Kupenga
Under the Church National Safeguarding Guidelines, it is a requirement that every Church volunteer and minister have a clear understanding of what is expected of them in their roles, who they report to and what safeguarding provisions are involved. Volunteers in roles that involve children and vulnerable adults are required to be police vetted every three years.
Safeguarding Workshops are run continuously throughout the year at each parish. Every volunteer, regardless of role, is expected to attend every three years. The Diocesan Safeguarding Officer guides attendees through the background, principles, importance and the practicalities of Safeguarding.
upcoming workshops & events
Who is required to attend: Volunteers, staff and religious
New volunteers and existing volunteers who have not yet attended a Safeguard Workshop and volunteers who have not been to a Safeguarding Workshop for three years.
Attending these safeguard workshops is a requirement of volunteering/ministering in every parish and catholic entity across the Catholic Diocese of Christchurch.
These events are FREE you do not need to RSVP or have a ticket.
Clodagh Ward - Diocesan Safeguarding Officer