Protecting children and promoting their safety is everyone’s business. It is a national priority in which we all have a role to play. Student safety and their best interest is at the core of our operation and purpose.
“He is a treasure. You children are his reflection and you too are a treasure for all of us, the most precious treasure that we have and one that we are called to guard.”
Pope Francis 2018
We recognise a safe, supportive, inclusive and positive environment underpins a student’s capacity for learning and maximises potential for personal and social development, ultimately enhancing wellbeing and life opportunities. We acknowledge that being safe and supported at school is essential for student wellbeing and effective learning. As a community we have a responsibility to ensure that our schools have the appropriate policies, procedures and an organisational culture in place to both:
- Safeguard against the risk of child abuse; and
- Respond effectively if abuse is suspected.
As defined by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse, a child safe institution is an institution that consciously and systematically creates conditions that reduce the likelihood of harm to children, creates conditions that increase the likelihood of identifying and reporting harm, and responds appropriately to disclosures, allegations or suspicions of harm. Valuing children and young people and their rights is the foundation of all child safe institutions.
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
Our commitment to child safety is supported at all levels of our institution and is embedded in our institutional and school based leadership, governance and organisational culture. The following principles support our child safe culture:
- We take a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety
- We implement child safety policies and procedures that support ongoing assessment and amelioration of risk
- We value and empower children to participate in decisions that affect their lives
- We foster a culture of openness that supports all persons to safely disclose risks of harm to children
- We provide written guidance on appropriate conduct and behaviour towards children;
- We engage only the most suitable people to work with children and have high quality staff and volunteer supervision and professional development;
- We ensure children know who to talk with if they are worried or are feeling unsafe, and that they are comfortable and encouraged to raise such issues;
- We report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities;
- We share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk; and
- We value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers.
- Student Protection Policy (Under review)
- Student Protection Processes and Guidelines
- Student Anti-Bullying Policy (Under review)
Student Protection Contacts
A Student Protection Contact is one of at least two people nominated in each school, in compliance with the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Regulation 2017 (regulation 16 (3)), to whom a student can report behaviour by a staff member that the student considers inappropriate.
The Principal is always one of the school’s nominated Student Protection Contacts. Other Student Protection Contacts are selected based on the Principal’s assessment of their appropriateness for the role, taking into consideration their position within the school, availability, skills and willingness to participate in specialised training.
|Diocesan Student Protection Contacts|
|Catholic School Authority||Director of Catholic School Authority||Governing Body||Director of
|Catholic Education Services – Diocese of Cairns||William Dixon
|Roman Catholic Trust Corporation for the Diocese of Cairns||+ James Foley
Bishop of Cairns