Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

The Catholic Diocese of Townsville believes that children, young people and vulnerable adults are a gift from God with an intrinsic right to dignity of life, respect and security from physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological harm. 

The Catholic Diocese of Townsville has established a safeguarding policy and risk management strategy, comprising of eight key procedures to do everything in its power to provide a safe environment for children, young people and vulnerable adults. 

The Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy and its procedures are governed by current legislation to safeguard, ensure legislated compliance and be accountable and transparent in all ministries undertaken by the Church.  

Your feedback is valued and we want you to have a voice so our safeguarding practice in the Church is effective and continually improved.  Please contact Craig Brereton, Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator for feedback or if you have any concerns or complaints.

Alternatively you can contact the Queensland Professional Standards Office if you have a complaint or are concerned about the conduct of anyone involved in the Catholic Church.

If you, or someone you know, has been abused, or you are concerned about conduct that may amount to a criminal offence, you should report the incident directly to the police.

All contact details are provided below:

Craig Brereton
Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator

Ph: (07) 4726 3264

Queensland Professional Standards Office - Catholic Church

Ph: 1800 337 928 (free call)

Queensland Police Service

Emergency. 000

Policelink. 131 444 (Request a receipt QPRIME number for your records)

Useful Links

Townsville Catholic Education – Student Protection

Australian Catholic University – Safeguarding Children and Young People Portal

Queensland Child and Family Commission – Knowledge and Resource Hub

Catholic Professional Standards Limited – Monitoring National Catholic Safeguarding Standards

Queensland Professional Standards Office – Catholic Church

Queensland Police Service

Office of Public Guardian Queensland – Vulnerable Children and Adults under Guardianship Orders

Blue Card Services - Churches, clubs and associations

Family and Child Connect – Support for a range of family and parent challenges

Child Safety Services – For Family Support and/or Reporting a Child Safety Concern