The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has a commitment to all persons associated with the Diocese undertaking an appropriate level of child protection training.
Except in extraordinary circumstances, there are no additional costs incurred for the provision of training to persons or groups associated with the Diocese.
The Diocesan Child Protection Unit offers a range of training options related to child protection and professional standards. Topics include:
- NSW child protection legislative framework
- Recognising the indicators of abuse and neglect
- What constitutes 'risk of significant harm'
- Pre-employment screening for child-related employment
- Exchange of information in the child protection context
- Reportable conduct investigations
- Protective Behaviours
- Professional boundaries and safe practices
Bishop Bill's Video Introduction
You can watch Bishop Bill's introduction to the child protection training course, which highlights the importance of child protection within the diocese and the need to "promote the safety, well-being and welfare of all children".
Child Protection Training Calendar
For a detailed view of all child protection training offered throughout the year, please view the Training Calendar.
Description of Training Courses
Full Day Introduction to Child Protection:
This course will give you an introduction to NSW's child protection regulatory framework including the changes bought in under Keep Them Safe. Also, this course will give you:
- some of the indicators of abuse and neglect,
- your obligations as a member of the diocese to report concerns, and
- the role of Zimmerman Services.
There is no expectation that you have been exposed to issues of child protection previously.
This course is a registered professional development activity with the NSW Institute of Teachers.
The full day Introduction to Child Protection is compulsory training for all Diocesan personnel who work in child related fields.
Online Child Protection Training for Schools:
As of June 2016 Zimmerman Services and the CSO have launched an online child protection training package for schools employees. This is annual compulsory refresher training that ensures staff have a clear understanding of their reporting obligations. Affected staff receive email alerts and links to the required online training modules.
In 2017-8 Zimmerman Services will modify the package to roll it out across the rest of the Diocese, including CatholicCare and parishes.
Training for specific groups in the diocese
Local leaders in parishes, schools or CatholicCare programmes can negotiate training programmes specifically for their parish, school or work group.
The availability of this training is dependent on the resources available and competing work demands experienced by the DCPU.
To be eligible for this type of training, there must be a minimum of 20 persons committed to attend the training or there must be an identified high priority need to provide the desired training.
Booking Child Protection Training
To book a place for yourself or members of your team, please contact the DCPU:
Phone: (02) 4979 1390
Fax: (02) 4979 1151
To arrange training for a specific group in the diocese, please contact Sean Tynan, DCPU Manager (P 02 4979 1383).