At St James, as part of the Diocese of Sale, we acknowledge and understand that child safety is the responsibility of every person and is an integral aspect of student wellbeing. We aim to work collaboratively with parents, students and other community members to ensure a safe school environment.
Click here for the full document on the DOSCEL commitment to child safety.
Student physical and sexual abuse, and neglect
Children’s rights to be safe are fundamental to our work in the Diocese of Sale. It is crucial that each child is protected against physical and sexual abuse, and neglect.
When teachers form a belief that a child may be at risk of harm due to sexual abuse or physical injury that results from abuse or neglect, they have a legal responsibility to notify the Department of Human Services. St James adhere’s to the 7 Child Safe Standards, as set out by the Ministerial Order 870.
Child Safety Standards
Standard 1: Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
Standard 2: A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
Standard 3: A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
Standard 4: Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
Standard 5: Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
Standard 6: Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
Standard 7: Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.
For more information regarding the standards, click here.
In 2010, education and human services stakeholders established a joint protocol ‘Protecting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people’ to provide a unified and consistent approach that defines roles and responsibilities to protect the safety and wellbeing of all Victorian children and young people. The protocol provides information for licensed children’s services and Victorian schools to take appropriate action when it is believed that a child has suffered harm, or is likely to suffer harm, through abuse or neglect.
Emergencies and Natural Disasters
CEOSale schools are well prepared to deal with emergency situations.
Each school has an emergency management plan that identifies procedures to follow in the event of an emergency. If an emergency should occur, the school emergency management team is quickly established to support and meet the needs of students and families.
If there is an emergency situation during the school day, the safety and wellbeing of students will be the highest priority. No student details will be released to anyone other than those authorised on their enrolment form.
To assist schools to prepare for and manage emergencies, we ask you to:
- ensure your child’s emergency contact details held by the school are up to date
- ensure school staff are alerted to any special medical or dietary requirements of your child
- notify the school principal of any emergency situation involving your child.
Smoke Free Learning Environments
From 13 April 2015, under the Tobacco Act 1987 smoking is prohibited within the grounds of, and within four metres of an entrance to, all Victorian childcare centres, kindergartens, preschools and schools. This ban ensures that children and young people can enter and leave these areas without being exposed to harmful second-hand smoke.
Second-hand tobacco smoke is particularly dangerous to children and young people because they have smaller airways and less developed immune systems compared to adults.
Please see the attached brochure outlining the requirements
Access to the online world offer’s students the chance to explore a virtually limitless world. It provides new opportunities for learning and connecting across the globe, but like the real world, there are dangers that exist. To address this, schools in the Diocese of Sale implement a range of safety strategies that are tailored to meet the needs of their school community.
Sound and expert advice for parents can be found on the eSafety Commissioner website.
The Catholic Education Office Diocese of Sale is committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect and encourages good communication between parents and schools.
Schools and the Catholic Education Office in the Diocese of Sale act in accordance with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s parent complaints policy and processes when managing your complaint.
For details on how to raise a concern or make a complaint, please see the following documents.