Information on the course
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 is conducted in collaboration 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 two modules.
Module 1: Safeguarding Practices
This module establishes the foundations for developing a culture of safeguarding in the Catholic Church in Aotearoa. It focuses on:
- Our legal requirements
- impact of abuse and neglect
- our responses to abuse
To be successful, safeguarding requires strong leadership and an engaged approach by the community.
Module 2: Safeguarding Standards
In the second module, each of the Safeguarding Standards is examined with emphasis on their interconnectedness.
This module invites a critique of current practices in light of the Safeguarding Standards from both a personal and community perspective.
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 will start in February 2022.
Who do I contact to find out more?
Please contact Susan: firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I enrol in the course?
Please click on this link: Form to enrol in the Safeguarding Courses and fill in the form.