The basis of promoting and ensuring child protection in Catholic Schools in South Australia is the right of every child to be safe and free from abuse, including bullying and harassment, and neglect.
Schools are mandated child-safe environments with legal, policy and procedural requirements for staff and volunteers.
The South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools (SACCS) requires its schools to implement child protection policies and practices. Creating and maintaining safe and supportive school environments is implemented through the National Safe Schools Framework.
We are committed, under the Charter of the South Australian Catholic Child Protection Council, to the implementation of the South Australian Catholic Child Protection Council Policy for the Care, Wellbeing and Protection of Children and Young People.
The South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools (SACCS) requires its schools to implement child protection practices. More information about child protection practices in Catholic schools is available on the Adelaide Archdiocese web site.
The Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum teaches all children from a young age, in an age appropriate way, to:
The South Australian developed Keeping Safe child protection curriculum is mandated in all Catholic Schools in South Australia.
The curriculum is taught from three-years-old to Year 12 within the Health and Physical Education component of the Australian curriculum and through pastoral care initiatives that focus on building resilience in children and young people.
Our teachers undertake formal professional learning to deliver this important part of our school curriculum.
The video below provides more information on how the curriculum is implemented in schools.
Parents and Carers are encouraged to be involved with the school in relation to child protection initiatives.
The websites provided below have further information for schools, families and children as resources and can provide support.
Bullying. No Way! - Developing Safe Australian schools together.
Think U Know Australia - ThinkUKnow is an Internet safety program for both parents, carers and teachers and children.
Cybersmart - Designed to help children and whole families find out how to be cybersmart and use the Internet safely.
Where families, children and young people need urgent assistance, these services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Free call 1800 55 1800
Parents Helpline (Child and Youth Health)
1300 364 100
All parents/carers want their children to be able to use the internet and mobile phones safely.
Cyber bullying is bullying which uses e-technology as a means of victimising others. It is the use of an internet service or mobile technologies–such as email, chat room discussion groups, instant messaging, webpages or SMS (text messaging)–with the intention of harming another person.
Resolving issues of bullying is in everyone’s best interest. Contact the school which your child attends to discuss how support can be provided. Although the school has less power in relation to bullying that occurs outside its premises, it may be able to offer advice.