Safeguarding Children & Young People in Catholic Schools Broken Bay
We take our responsibility to protect children seriously. All staff are expected to promote child safety by having a clear understanding of their legal child protection responsibilities and act in accordance with those responsibilities.
Safeguarding Message from Bishop Anthony
Commitment Statement & Safeguarding Charter
Our commitment to safeguarding:
Child Protection Responsibilities
All staff are expected to act professionally and in accordance with the school’s expectations regarding staff conduct toward children. Members of staff receive guidance and professional development in relation to appropriate interactions with students, how to exercise duty of care and how to maintain professional boundaries. For more information please click here
If you have concerns about alleged inappropriate behaviour by a staff member towards any child or young person, it is important that you discuss your concerns with the Principal who in turn will consult with the CSBB’s Office for Safeguarding.
Parent participation, involvement and help are welcome and appreciated for various activities both in school and on excursions. It is important that all parent helpers/volunteers are aware that they are subject to child protection legislation. Information about the legal requirements of school volunteers can be found here.
Managing Risk of Significant Harm
All school staff are mandatory reporters under the Children & Young Persons (Care & Protection) Act 1998. This means that if there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a child is at risk of ‘significant harm’ from abuse or neglect, then a report must be made to the Department of Communities & Justice Child Protection Helpline (CP Helpline).
School staff are expected to inform the Principal if they are concerned that a child may be at risk. It is the role of the Principal (or delegate) to make the report to the CP Helpline.
In making a report, the Principal will consider all of the information and seek appropriate advice from the CSBB’s Office for Safeguarding. Any information about a child at risk is kept confidentially by the Principal.
In situations where a child is considered to be at risk the school will work with the child and family to assist them as much as possible.
If you have concerns about a child who you consider may be at risk, please discuss your concerns with the Principal as soon as possible and maintain confidentiality.
Working with Children Check and Screening
All school communities in the Diocese of Broken Bay are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for both students and staff. School communities have the right to expect that staff, volunteers or contractors who are employed or engaged by Catholic Schools Broken Bay are appropriately screened and suitable to be in child related work.
Anyone applying for teaching or school support staff positions will be required to apply for a Working with Children Check in accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 and obtain clearance before being eligible to work in a Broken Bay Catholic Systemic School.
The purpose of the check is to exclude people from working with children who are not suitable. A person who has been convicted or found guilty of a listed serious offence against children (whether in NSW or elsewhere) is prohibited from working in a child-related role.
Volunteers and contractors who are exempt from requiring a Working with Children Check will be required to complete a Declaration and Undertakings regarding Safe School Expectations.
Child Safe Organisation (Standards)
The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommended 10 child safe standards, drawing on its findings and extensive research and consultation about what makes institutions child safe. Catholic Schools Broken Bay is committed to adhering to the National Principles, National Catholic Safeguarding standards and the NSW Child Safe Standards and demonstrates compliance with each standard in the day to day operations of all its schools. You can read more about the Child Safety Standards here.
Redress & Support
The Diocese of Broken Bay recognises and apologises for the failings of the Catholic Church in the past. The Diocese wishes to ensure survivors are welcomed to engage with our Diocese and tell their story, and that our response will provide the survivor with a sense of safe engagement and will take all concerns seriously.
The Diocese will comply with civil requirements to report allegations of abuse to police and other authorities.
The Diocese through its learnings from the past and current commitment to Safeguarding today wishes to build culture and raise awareness of safe communities.
Survivors have a right to seek legal advice and this is encouraged. Professional legal input may assist to make the most informed decision possible going forward. However, if this is not a feasible course of action, we welcome contact with the Office for Safeguarding (CSBB) who will discuss further options with you.
If anyone has been abused by a member of Clergy or Workers from the Diocese of Broken Bay we encourage them to bring their complaint forward and to consider the following pathways for redress
CCBB Office for Safeguarding / Child Protection Team
If you would like further information regarding any of the above please speak to your Principal or feel free to contact CSBB’s Office for Safeguarding:
Tamara Hughes – Manager for Safeguarding (02) 9847 0610
Sandi Bartlett – Safeguarding Officer (02) 9847 0616