Information for Families

A commitment to the protection of students

Our Catholic Ethos

While promoting and providing a safe and supportive learning environment is an essential function for all schools, we have particularly strong and clear reasons for doing this as Catholic schools.

In Catholic Education the desire to protect children and young people is based upon the belief that each person is made in the image of God and that the inherent dignity of all should be recognised and fostered.

For us, making the school a place of safety and a nurturing community of care, is an essential part of our ethos and underpins our commitment to the protection of students. We strive to ensure a culture where all acknowledge and understand that student protection is the responsibility of everyone.

Important in developing this culture is the education of our students about personal safety strategies and a focus by our schools on the safety and wellbeing of students being at the centre of every preventative and protective action they take. We believe that student protection is an integral part of student wellbeing and that this focus can inspire hope and a positive vision for the future for our students.

 

How can all members of school communities work together to ensure that students are protected?

  • In all matters to do with the protection and wellbeing of students the whole school community must work together cooperatively for the most effective outcome.
  • It is recognised that parents/carers are the primary educators and carers of their children and they are encouraged to work in partnership with the school in these important tasks.
  • The importance of supporting parents/carers in their efforts to protect their children from harm is acknowledged.
  • All members of the school community work together to empower students through modelling appropriate behaviour and teaching them about personal safety strategies.
  • All staff participate in student protection professional learning in order to assist them to understand their legal, policy and pastoral responsibilities and to respond appropriately to student protection concerns.
  • All schools have selected staff members nominated to act in the role of Student Protection Contacts (SPCs). Students know they can go to an SPC with any concern about something happening at school or away from school.
  • Parents/Carers may also approach a SPC for help.

 

Pastoral, policy and legal responsibilities

In fulfilling its pastoral, policy and legal responsibilities, Brisbane Catholic Education and the schools it administers and supports:

  • Comply with all relevant Queensland child protection legislation
  • Develop, maintain and support a student protection policy and related processes which reflect the pastoral and legal responsibility of school staff
  • Provide specialist support personnel and resources at a system and school level
  • Develop and maintain relationships and partnerships with relevant statutory, government and non-government agencies in the support and protection of students
  • Adhere to relevant internal and external regulatory accountability requirements
  • Meet the current professional expectations of schools in Australia.

 

Enquiries/Contacts

For enquiries in relation to Brisbane Catholic Education’s student protection processes please contact your school Principal.

The Archdiocese of Brisbane Catholic Education Council’s Student Protection Policy can be accessed online at www.bne.catholic.edu.au  or directly at  http://www.cec.qld.edu.au/policies/Pages/Policies.aspx

And /or contact:
Professional Standards and Student Protection
Phone (07) 30337409 Email: studentprotection@bne.catholic.edu.au
Brisbane Catholic Education
GPO Box 1201
Brisbane 4001

 

Further Information

 

Legislation which underpins student protection in Queensland Catholic Schools

Child Protection Act 1999

Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act and Regulation 2017

Education (General Provisions) Act 2006

Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000

Education (College of Teachers) Act 2005

www.legislation.qld.gov.au

 

Assistance can be accessed on the following telephone numbers:

 

Queensland Police Service

Police – Emergency (free call) - 24 hours 000

Police Link 131444

 

Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

After Hours Service (free call) 24 hours: 1800 177 135
or 3235 9999

 

Family and Child Connect

13 Family (13 32 64)

 

Domestic and Family Violence Support Services

DVConnect Womensline 24 hours: 1800 811 811

DVConnect Mensline 9am - 12pm: 1800 600 636

Immigrant Women’s Support Service: (07) 3846 3490

 

Legal Services

Legal Aid Queensland: 1300 651 188
(Request to speak to someone in the DV Unit)

 

Support Services

Centacare Catholic Support Services: 1300 236 822

Parentline: 1300 30 1300

Kids Helpline (free): 1800 551 800

Sexual Assault Helpline (free): 1800 010 120

Lifeline Crisis Counselling Line - 24 hours: 13 11 14

 

Child protection assistance/resources can be accessed online at:

www.childsafety.qld.gov.au

www.dvconnect.org.au

www.police.qld.gov.au

www.napcan.org.au

www.parentline.com.au

www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/cscp/personalsafety/children

https://www.esafety.gov.au