Child Safety

St Francis of Assisi Primary School will take appropriate, prompt action in response to all allegations or disclosures of abuse, neglect, inappropriate behaviour or concerns about child safety by reporting all matters to the DFFH Child Protection, the Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP), or the Police, depending on the allegation or disclosure made. Once a report has been made, a Child Safety Officer will advise Frances Browne, Assistant to the Director, Pastoral Wellbeing, Catholic Education Office.

St Francis of Assisi Primary School will respond to all allegations of child abuse in an appropriate manner, including:

  • informing the appropriate authorities and fully cooperating with any resulting investigation
  • protecting any child connected to the allegation until it is resolved and providing ongoing support to those affected
  • taking particular measures in response to an allegation that concerns a culturally diverse child or a child with a disability
  • securing and retaining records of the allegation and the College’s response to it.

The Child Safety Officers of St Francis of Assisi Primary School are:

All St Francis of Assisi Primary School policies are to be read in the context of a Child Safe School.

ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILD SAFETY POLICY Child Safety and Wellbeing (260522)  – Click Here
ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILD SAFETY Code of Conduct (260522) – Click Here
ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILD SAFETY POLICY Engaging Families in Child Safety (260522) – Click Here
ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILD SAFETY POLICY Mandatory Reporting (260522) – Click Here
ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILD SAFETY POLICY Photographing, Filming  and Recording (260522)  – Click Here
ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILD SAFETY POLICY PROTECT Reporting & Responding Obligations (260522)  – Click Here
ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILD SAFETY PROCEDURES PROTECT Reporting & Responding Obligations (260522)  – Click Here

The dignity of the human person, who is created in the image and likeness of God, is the foundation of Catholic Social Teaching. This Catholic anthropology leads us to afford all people, but especially children, young people and the most vulnerable, the highest respect. Within this context, effective Catholic schools provide a safe, supportive and secure environment that promotes respect and care and values diversity. The mental, physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing of children and young people are essential preconditions for successful learning. These qualities cannot be developed for individuals in isolation from the health and wellbeing of the school community as a whole.

St Francis of Assisi Primary School is committed to the creation of a safe, just and respectful environment that supports wellness for all members of the school community. In this, there is a moral obligation and shared responsibility to protect the most vulnerable members of the community.

St Francis of Assisi Primary School believes that, while protecting children and young people against sexual abuse is a community wide responsibility, schools have particular moral and legal responsibilities to ensure children and young people are safe in their care and to actively and intentionally work to eliminate all forms of abusive behaviours towards children. There are also particular moral and legal obligations for those in authority to prevent, reduce and minimise child abuse and exploitation in all forms.

 

National Child Safe Guidelines:

Affirm the right of all school community members to feel safe at school.

Promote care, respect and cooperation, and value diversity.

Implement policies, programmes and processes to nurture a safe and supportive school environment.

Recognise that quality leadership is an essential element that underpins the creation of a safe and supportive school environment.

Ensure that roles and responsibilities of all members of the school community in promoting a safe and supportive environment are explicit, clearly understood and disseminated.

Recognise the critical importance of pre-service and ongoing professional development in creating a safe and supportive school environment.

Have a responsibility to provide opportunities for students to learn through the formal curriculum the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed for positive relationships.

Focus on policies that are proactive and orientated towards prevention and intervention.

 Regularly monitor and evaluate their policies and programmes so that evidence-based practise supports decisions and improvements.

Take action to protect children from all forms of abuse and neglect.

 

 

ABOUT OUR SCHOOL

St Francis of Assisi Primary School Wodonga was previously known as Frayne College. This name change took place at the end of 2015.

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