PROTOCOLS FOR FACULTIES, NATIONAL CATHOLIC SAFEGUARDING STANDARDS DECLARATIONS and ACMR (Australian Catholic Ministry Register) ID NUMBERS

The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ACBC) and the Catholic Religious Australia are two of the peak representative bodies for Catholic – Clerical, Religious and Lay Persons in Australia.

With the support of these representative bodies, Australian Catholic Safeguarding Ltd (ACSL) has also been established as the Australian Catholic Churches national body to oversee and develop a national approach to policies and practices relating to the safeguarding of children and adults at risk.  It has developed new framework and national standards for Catholic entities which have now been adopted by church authorities, religious institutes, ministries and organisations across Australia.

Ministry, Religious or Spiritual Activities

All Clergy and Deacons, engaged in ministry require habitual Faculties which are granted by the Archbishop or Bishop of the place in which they reside and/or exercise their appointed ministry. Whenever there is movement to minister in another diocese or parish, they require permission to do so in that new place from the appropriate authority.

For Religious Brothers and Sisters, Seminarians and Novices whenever there is movement to engage in spiritual or religious activities in another diocese or parish, they also require permission to do so in that new place from the appropriate authority.

Such permission can only be granted when a Bishop or Ordinary has testified to the individuals’ good standing and the Working with Children Clearance has been verified by the appropriate department of the receiving diocese.

It is expected that all Clergy, Deacons, Religious Brothers and Sisters, Seminarians and Novices coming into the Darwin Diocese for any period of time, make themselves familiar with the principles and guidelines of  the Integrity in Ministry, National Catholic Safeguarding Standards and also the Diocese of Darwin Safeguarding Code Of Conduct.

In accordance with the Northern Territory Care and Protection of Children Act 2007 a minister of religion is mandated to report belief on reasonable grounds that a child has been or is being abused or neglected.  Types of abuse that are legally required to be reported include physical, sexual, emotional/psychological and neglect.  The report must be made to the Child Protection Hotline by phoning 1800 700 250 or alternately call Police on 131 444.

Further, to fulfil legislative requirements, the Diocese has established policies and procedures within a Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Risk Management Strategy.  Compliance with all policies and procedures are mandatory to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and adults at risk.


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