Key safety practices for Conference Vincentians

Grandmother with her granddaughter

The six local Conferences of the Society in the Wellington area recently committed to strengthening our practices for Vincentians, taking care of safety for ourselves, our colleagues and our clients. These steps will bring our members into line with the expectations of modern civil society and health and safety legislation, and to enhance our reputation within the welfare services environment.

All core Conference Vincentians will undertake the standard Police vetting through their local parish processes established by the Catholic Archdiocese, a practice now common in other welfare organisations whose members visit children and vulnerable people. We have clarified safety policies for visiting clients safely having regard for possible risks, experience, gender and site locations. New core members will complete an application to join the Society providing key information, referees, and declarations.

Millie Lambess