Maroochydore Catholic Parish is committed to creating and nurturing environments where everyone, including children and adults at risk, are respected, where their voices are heard, and where they feel safe and are safe. Every person who shares in the work of our parish is responsible for promoting the inherent dignity of others and for upholding their right to be respected and nurtured in a safe environment. committed to preventing abuse of children and adults at risk, to identifying risks early, and to reducing or removing them. This commitment is drawn from and is inherent to the teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and the sanctity of each human person at the heart of the Gospel.
We are committed to preventing abuse of children and adults at risk, to identifying risks early, and to reducing or removing them. This commitment is drawn from and is inherent to the teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and the sanctity of each human person at the heart of the Gospel.
Our parish is also committed to upholding the law. Since July 2021, it is a criminal offence in Queensland for an adult to fail to report sexual offences against children to the police. The maximum penalty for this offence is three years jail. It is also an obligation on adults in an institutional setting (such as a church) to protect children from the risk of a sexual offence – an adult who fails this obligation is liable for five years jail. More information about these offences can be found on the Queensland Government website.
Our Parish, and the Archdiocese of Brisbane, uses the word “safeguarding” to refer to this commitment.
OUR PARISH SAFEGUARDING REPRESENTATIVE
The Maroochydore Catholic Parish Local Safeguarding Representative is currently in the processes of appointing a new LSR.
The role is to promote safeguarding messages and keep parishioners informed about safeguarding practices and initiatives in the Archdiocese. The LSR is also available to assist with any safeguarding questions, concerns, disclosures, incidents or complaints, and can help parishioners find the right people for assistance and support.
New LSR details to be advised once appointed.
HOW TO REPORT AN INCIDENT OR CONCERN, OR TO GIVE FEEDBACK
There are many ways that people can raise a concern, or report a safeguarding incident – whichever way you choose to make the report, your concerns will be taken seriously. If you don’t know what to do, you can talk to your Parish Local Safeguarding Representative who can explain the processes to you.
As a parish within the Archdiocese of Brisbane, we are responsible for ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Archdiocese of Brisbane Safeguarding Policy and relevant procedures and practices to promote the safety of children and adults at risk.