Child Protection

 

In caring for children and young people we must act in their best interest and take all reasonable steps to ensure their protection.

The dignity of the human person is a central truth of the Gospel message of Jesus.  In respecting the dignity of all human persons, Catholic School communities are called to ensure the welfare and safety of all of its members.  The protection of the students entrusted to our care, then, is a very serious responsibility.  In taking up this responsibility along with parents, who are recognised as the primary educators and carers of their children, Catholic School communities are committed to:

  • ensuring that Catholic Schools have at their centre the total care of the whole student
  • developing appropriate responses to individuals or families in crisis
  • working collaboratively with other agencies involved in the care and protection of children
  • inspiring hope and a positive vision for the future

Whilst all agencies that deal with children have particular responsibilities for the protection of the children in their care, child protection is essentially the responsibility of everybody.

The NSW Government has adopted a policy that requires agencies that deal with children, including Catholic Schools, to work in cooperation with each other for the overall protection of children, taking reasonable steps consistent with their function and expertise to coordinate child/family assistance.

Our child protection policy 

  • is based on NSW law
  • meets the current professional expectation
  • reflects the pastoral responsibility of those who work in Catholic Schools

Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Wollongong have a history of working collaboratively with CatholicCare, the social services agency of the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong. The Child Protection initiatives and joint endeavours of Catholic Education and CatholicCare, reflect the spirit of partnership that is essential to help ensure the protection of children and young people in our care. 

From Information for School Communities About Child Wellbeing and Child Protection in Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Wollongong 

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY STATEMENT AND GUIDELINES

download with padding6 Care Wellbeing and Protection of Children
download with padding6 Child Protection overview
download with padding6  Code of conduct in the Protection of Children and Young People
download with padding6  Maintaining Right Relationships
download with padding6  Professional Conduct and Child Protection - Responding to Allegations Involving School Personnel

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY, FORMS AND DOCUMENTS

A Child Protection Overview for CEDoW
A. Care Wellbeing and Protection of Children
A.1 Concern for Child Safety and Wellbeing Reporting
A.2 Mandatory Reporting and Information Exchange
A.3 Making a Risk of Significant Harm (ROSH) Report
A.4 Centralised Mandatory Reporting in Schools - ROSH
A.5 Reporting Educational Neglect Relevant Information - Checklist
A.6 Obligation for Reporting to Police
B.1 FaCS_JIRT (or Police) Interview Student – Checklist
B.2 Community Services Removal of a Student or Assume Care - Checklist
B.3 CEDoW Protocol for Exchange of Information
B.4 Subpoena Help Guide
G. Code of Conduct in the Protection of Children and Young People
G. Maintaining Right Relationships Policy
G. Professional Boundaries and Arena of Safety
G. Professional Conduct - The Way to Effective Child Protection
G. Professional Conduct and Child Protection - Responding to Allegations Involving School Personnel
G.1 Report of Incident Involving an Employee
G.2 Report of Initial Details re Child Protection Allegation Involving an Employee
G.3 GIPA Provisions for Access to Information
G.3a GIPA Access Application Form
G_V.1 Volunteers and the Care of Students
H.1 Child Protection Allegation or Concern Involving an Employee - Guide for Principals
R.3 Recruitment Structured Referee Check
SB CEC_Support_Manual - Children with Sexual Behaviour problems
T. Child Protection Training Courses
T.1 Child Protection Training Registration Form
W.0 WWCC Guide
W.1 School induction - Child Protection Induction working with students
W_E.5 School induction - Employees and Child Protection working with students
W_E.1 Requirements for WWC Check for Child-Related Work in Catholic Education Wollongong 
W_C.0 Contractors working with students - What to do  
W_C.1 Requirements for Contractors Working in Schools Catholic Education Wollongong
W_C.2 WWCC Form - Contractors and Self-employed working with students
W_C.3 School induction - Contractors and Child Protection working with students
W_C.4 Safe Schools Expectations - Contract (Building-Maintenance) workers in schools
W_R.2 WWCC Form - Member of a Religious Order
W_R.3 School induction - Religious and Child Protection working with students
W_V.1 Requirements for volunteers in Schools in Catholic Education Wollongong
W_V.2 School Volunteer has WWCC
W_V.3 School Volunteer Declaration and Undertaking
W_V.4 OCG Statutory Declaration and CEW Undertaking
W_V.5 OCG Statutory Declaration - OCG Consent and Undertaking
W_V.6 School induction - Volunteers and Child Protection working with students
W_P.3 School induction - Practicum or Work Placement and Child Protection working with students

CHILD PROTECTION LINKS

 Catholic Schools New South Wales (CSNSW)

NSW Family and Community Services - FaCS (formerly DoCS)

NSW Ombudsman - Child Protection

NSW Office of the Children's Guardian

NSW Police Force - Children

NSW Justice Website - Victims Services

Catholic Diocese of Wollongong - Child Protection and the Royal Comission

Catholic Church in Australia - National Committee for Professional Standards

Vatican - Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 

NSW Child Safety Hub

Australian Institute of Family Studies

A Parent’s Guide to talking to children about safety

 


 

WORKING IN SCHOOLS WITH CHILDREN (WWC CHECKS AND DECLARATIONS)

Visit our Working with Children Check page for information and links regarding WWC checks and declarations - for CEDoW employees as well as contractors, self-employed persons, practicum or work placement students, volunteers and religious working in Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong schools and offices.

 

CONTACT FOR CHILD PROTECTION MATTERS

For further information, please contact one of our Child Protection Officers.