Child Safety

All students at Corpus Christi Primary School have the right to feel safe and be safe. 

The wellbeing of children in our care will always be our priority. We continue to embed a culture that provides a child-safe and child-friendly environment where children are free to enjoy life to the full without any concern for their safety.

Our commitment to our students

  • We commit to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people enrolled in our school.
  • We commit to providing children and young people with positive and nurturing experiences.
  • We commit to encouraging and actively supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to express their culture and enjoy their cultural rights.
  • We commit to paying particular attention to the needs of students with disability and students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • We commit to listening to children and young people and empowering them by ensuring that they understand their rights (including to safety, information and participation), and by taking their views seriously and addressing any concerns that they raise with us.
  • We commit to taking action to ensure that children and young people are protected from abuse or harm.
  • We commit to ensuring that the needs of all children and young people enrolled in our school are met, including those who are most vulnerable.
  • We commit to recognising the importance of friendships and to encouraging support from peers, to help children and young people feel safe and less isolated.
  • We commit to developing a culture that facilitates and provides opportunities for student participation, and that strengthens the confidence and engagement of children and young people by being responsive to their input.
  • We commit to teaching children and young people the necessary skills and knowledge to understand and maintain their personal safety and wellbeing.
  • We commit to empowering children and educating them about their rights (including to safety, information and participation), how to raise concerns, how to maintain their personal safety and wellbeing, and how to support the safety and wellbeing of other children.
  • We commit to seeking input and feedback from students regarding the creation of a safe school environment.

Our commitment to parents, guardians and carers

  • We recognise that families are the first and ongoing educators of their children.
  • We commit to communicating honestly and openly with parents, guardians and carers about the wellbeing and safety of their children.
  • We commit to engaging with, and listening to, the views of parents, guardians and carers about our child safety and wellbeing practice, policies and procedures and include them in decision-making practices where applicable.
  • We commit to transparency in our decision-making with parents, guardians and carers where it will not compromise the safety of children or young people.
  • We commit to open engagement and communication with parents, guardians and carers about our child safe approach and our operations and governance related to child safety and wellbeing.
  • We commit to ensuring that relevant information relating to child safety and wellbeing is accessible to parents, guardians and carers.
  • We commit to acknowledging the cultural diversity of students and families, and being sensitive to how this may impact on student safety issues.
  • We commit to continuously reviewing and improving our systems to protect children from abuse.

Our commitment to our school staff (school employees, volunteers,
contractors and clergy)

  • We commit to providing all our school staff with the necessary support to enable them to fulfil their roles, and to ensure that staff are attuned to signs of harm and are able to facilitate child-friendly ways for children and students to express their views, participate in decision-making and raise their concerns. This will include regular and appropriate learning opportunities.
  • We commit to providing regular opportunities to clarify and confirm policy and procedures in relation to child safety and wellbeing, and young people’s protection and wellbeing. This will include annual training in the principles and intent of the Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy and Child Safety Code of Conduct, and staff responsibilities to report concerns.
  • We commit to listening to all concerns voiced by our school staff, clergy, volunteers and contractors about keeping children and young people safe from harm.
  • We commit to providing opportunities for our school employees, volunteers, contractors and clergy to receive formal debriefing and counselling arising from incidents of the abuse of a child
    or young person.

“The Catholic school sets out to be a school for the human person and of human persons. ‘The person of each individual human being, in his or her material and spiritual needs, is at the heart of Christ’s teaching: that is why the promotion of the human person is the goal of the Catholic school”

(Congregation for Catholic education 1997, par. 9)