Safeguarding in the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand

Information on the course

The National Office of Professional Standards (NOPS) has finished the review of this course and we are now accepting enrolments. Course starts every first day of the month.

Click here to enrol

Download brochure here

The NZ Catholic Bishops are committed to fostering a culture of safeguarding in the Church. All of us, as a Catholic community, have a responsibility to:

  • value all people and protect them from harm
  • create environments where people are welcome and safe.

This course is specifically for all those involved in ministry in the Catholic Church, whether in a paid or voluntary role. The course was written by the National Office for Professional Standards.

Te Kupenga – Catholic Theological College teaches this course in partnership with the National Office for Professional Standards.


Accessible throughout Aotearoa

The Safeguarding course is online. This means no matter where you live in New Zealand, if you have access to the internet, you can study this course.

​What is the course about?

The course consists of three modules.

  • Module 1: Knowledge – Wānanga

This module explores the basis for safeguarding; what has led to the need to identify this aspect of our faith, our Church’s expectations around safeguarding and those of our country’s legal requirements.

The intention is to provide you with a comprehensive overview that will support the context for this course.

  • Module 2: Understanding – Māramatanga

This module builds on from Module 1, to take a closer look at the types and impacts of abuse, some causes of abuse and pastoral response to abuse.

This is intended to expand your understanding from our Church’s perspective.

  • Module 3: Application – Pukapuka Tono

This module brings together learning from Modules 1 and 2 with the intention of applying that knowledge in all aspects of ministry in the Church.

The application of that learning sits within the five Standards for Creating and Maintaining a Safeguarding Culture. You are invited to explore how these relate to your particular situation and to those for whom you may have a responsibility.

​How much work will I need to do?

  • The online course runs for 3 months.
  • You will study part-time.
  • It is recommended that you commit around 15 minutes a day to this study.

What are the entry requirements?

Students need to be over 17 years old and have access to a computer and the internet.

How much will it cost?

The fee for this course is $150

When will the next course start?

The next course is scheduled for the 1st of next month.

Who do I contact to find out more?

Please contact Dr John Evangelista at

How do I enrol in the course?

Please click on this Enrol into Safeguarding and fill in the form.

Te Kupenga - Catholic Leadership Institute

Enrolment for Certificate and Diploma Programmes is on-going.
This is default text for notification bar

Log in with your credentials

Forgot your details?