Children and young people have a fundamental right to grow, develop and feel safe in environments that are free from violence, exploitation and harm. The Catholic Schools Office Lismore has clear expectations that all students in Catholic systemic schools in the Diocese of Lismore will be protected from all forms of harm including sexual, physical and psychological harm as well as ill-treatment and neglect. The Catholic Schools Office and Catholic systemic schools in the Diocese have certain responsibilities and expectations to ensure the safety and protection of children in their care, including supporting measures to ensure that children and young people will be taught how to protect themselves, and to seek help if they are concerned about their safety.
Consistent with its mission and values, and in compliance with its legislative obligations, the Catholic Schools Office Lismore strives to ensure children in its care are safe and secure. Implementing a variety of practices that reduces potential risk forms part of our strategy to build safe communities.
This policy sets out the expectations required of employees in the Catholic Schools Office and in Catholic systemic schools of the Diocese. This document is to also inform and remind employees engaged or employed in Catholic systemic schools in the Diocese of Lismore of the standards of behaviour, duties, obligations and other requirements that must be adhered to when working with children.
A range of checks and undertakings are required for people who work for or provide services to Catholic Education in the Diocese of Lismore including the mandatory considerations of professional standards, codes of conduct and accepted community standards.
The document applies to all employees engaged to work in, or provide services to Catholic systemic schools in the Diocese of Lismore.
This document aims to:
I Clarify the expectations of employees who work in child related employment;
II Provide a safe and supportive environment for children and employees; and
III Build and maintain a contemporary Catholic workplace that is safe, respectful, professional and legally compliant.
This document is not exhaustive and does not identify every potential scenario of concern in the workplace.
Human Services employees will meet with Principals in their clusters to explain this Child Protection Policy and Procedures and the schools and employees’ obligations and responsibilities following this document being ratified.
Please view the CSO policy for Child Protection.