Professional Standards & Safeguarding

The Archdiocese of Perth has adopted the principles and procedures set out in TOWARDS HEALING, the Catholic Church’s national protocol for addressing complaints of sexual, emotional and physical abuse made against clergy, religious and other paid and voluntary personnel of the Church in Western Australia. It is also the first of Australia's Catholic dioceses to begin to establish Safeguardian Officers across its network of parishes.


WA Professional Standards Office

Provides advice and liaison with Church bodies in matters concerning professional standards in general and in relation to specific cases of alleged misconduct. Oversees the procedures dealing with allegations of misconduct against Clergy, Religious and Church personnel.

Director: Mr Peter Stoyles
Deputy Director: Kathy Gething
Office Managers: Mary Mantle & Natalie Feltham

29 Victoria Square, Perth WA 6000
Formal complaints: 1800 072 390
Telephone: +61 08 9221 7762
Fax: +61 08 9325 7459

Click here (Word doc 53 KB) to access information relating to some helpful general resources for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.




Safeguarding Office

Ensuring the safety of children, young people and the vulnerable within the confines of the Catholic Church across the Archdiocese of Perth, educating the Catholic community on child protection and protective behaviours, and establishing Safeguarding Officers within Perth's metropolitan and rural parishes.

Safeguarding Project Coordinator: Andrea Musulin

29 Victoria Square, Perth WA 6000
Telephone: +61 08 9221 7762
Fax: +61 08 9325 7459


Parish Safeguarding Officers


To read a Flyer describing the Safeguarding Project, please click here (PDF, 560 KB)

To read an Introduction to the Safeguarding Project, please click here (PDF, 82 KB).


Please click on the links below to download the relevant Safeguarding forms (all files are PDFs):


Form 1, 61 KB   – Parish Safeguarding Officer Nomination

Form 2, 62 KB   – Declaration

Form 3, 78 KB   – Child Concern Referral

Form 4, 81 KB   – Procedure for Responding to Concerns, Suspicions, Allegations or Disclosures of Abuse

Form 5, 64 KB   – Code of behaviour for all Church personnel working with children

Form 6, 89 KB   – Our Parish Safeguarding Children Policy and Procedures

Form 7, 86 KB   – Developing Safe Practices

Form 8, 61 KB   – Including Disabled Children

Form 9, 54 KB   – Guidance on dealing with non-compliance with the Safeguarding Policy

Form 10, 64 KB – Parental Consent Form

Form 11, 71 KB – Parish Self-Audit

Form 12, 56 KB – Code of Behaviour for children taking part in Church activities

Form 13, 52 KB – Images of children involved in Church related activities