St Brigid’s parish Coogee, as part of the Archdiocese of Sydney, is wholly committed to ensuring the safety, well being and dignity of all children, and acknowledges its important legal, moral and spiritual responsibility to create a safe and nurturing environment for those children.

Parish Safeguarding Support Officer

Our volunteer Parish Safeguarding Support Officer( PSSO) is Sharon Waller, who will support the Parish Priest in providing staff, volunteers and parishioners within the parish community a greater understanding of what safeguarding means and how it can be implemented within the parish.

The PSSO will receive ongoing support and training and will assist the Parish Priest to implement safeguarding policies and protocols as well as providing training to parish staff and volunteers.

It is not the role of a PSSO to be dealing with any complaints; all complaints need to be referred to either the Parish Priest or the Safeguarding Office.

Parish Volunteers

Who needs a working with children check?

http://sydarch.org.au/safeguarding/general/Fact-Sheet-for-Parishes-Who-needs-a-Working-With-Children-Check%20Current.pdf

Online training for Parish volunteers:

This is the link to register for the online training: https://goo.gl/forms/UJrDZzELjdF5JJgm1

Soon after registering, you will receive an email with logon details. After completing the training successfully, you will receive a certificate. Please forward the certificate to our PSSO Sharon Waller by email: pssocoogee@yahoo.com

Please refer to the following fact sheets from the Archdiocese of Sydney for further information on Safeguarding:

  • Policy on the care, well-being and protection of children and young persons

http://sydarch.org.au/parish/policy/2019/pdf/239377_3.pdf

  • What is child related work?

http://sydarch.org.au/safeguarding/employment_matters/Child%20Protection%20Project%20-%20Fact%20sheet%20-%20What%20is%20child-related%20work_.pdf

  • Guidelines Working with children check

http://sydarch.org.au/parish/pdf/2.Guidelines-Who_Needs_A_Working_With_Children_Check_Current.pdf

·       Code of conduct working with children:

http://sydarch.org.au/safeguarding/general/Code_of_Conduct_for_Working_with_Children.pdf

  • Reporting Protocol for Clergy and Parish Staff for Any Child Related or Vulnerable Adult Concerns

http://sydarch.org.au/safeguarding/reporting_obligations_to_the_police/Reporting_Protocol.pdf

Safeguarding Resources: